At 86 years young, Mel Brooks is still an engaging storyteller and a child at heart, something that’s apparent in Mel Brooks Strikes Back!, an intimate conversation with BBC creative director Alan Yentob. In addition to classic clips from such TV series as Your Show of Shows, a routine of “The 2,000 Year Old Man” with Carl Reiner, and famous scenes from his numerous films, Brooks also tells humorous anecdotes from his childhood in Brooklyn and the early days of his career. Brooks is one of few artists to have received an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony, but remains humble enough to tell a story about a tomato sandwich that manages to bring the house down. “It’s good to be the king.”
Mel Brooks Strikes Back! debuts tonight on HBO at 9pm ET/PT. Hit the jump for more.