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Episode 288: Nerdist Podcast
Mel Brooks
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Nerdist Podcast: Mel Brooks

Chris, Matt and Jonah sit down with a legend! The amazing Mel Brooks comes on the show to tell some hilarious stories about pitching his movies, how he and Carl Reiner still get each other to laugh, and much more!

Buy The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy!


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  1. Neal Babcock says:


  2. CJdaDJ says:

    haha Loved it when on CUE Mel goes “Hey Folks! This is Mel Brooks telling you to enjoy your burrito…whatever that means” And Chris goes “Well thats my f***ing ringtone forever” LOVED IT! Great show guys!

  3. Amanda says:

    Listening to Matt, Jonah, and Chris with Mel Brooks is definitely the best way to procrastinate my homework! The sad part though is that my homework is character creations for one of my Film Making classes. There’s something ironic in that.

    … Wait, can I use this as a research excuse??

  4. Kass says:

    The Twelve Chairs resulted in a pretty serious Frank Langella crush about forty years too late. Love that movie.

  5. Lance says:

    Great job by the Nerdist gang by keeping focused at the interview at hand and not giggling like little school girls throughout. I say that cuz that’s what I would have done if I ever hanged out with Mel Brooks in his office!

    Listening to this episode was like listening to old family stories from a favorite uncle or grandpa…

    BTW, thanks to Tim for mentioning, there was some awesome stuff there — NOT AS AWESOME AS NERDIST.COM THOUGH!

  6. Patty Marvel says:

    Ken in Denver – “(Now, suck it up and call Tom Lehrer! You’re READY!!!)”


  7. Ken in Denver says:

    I’m a HUGE Mel Brooks fan from WAAAY back (I have the box set of 2000 Year Old Man albums on vinyl if that sets a bar) – this is the best interview with Mel I’ve ever heard. Excellent job, Chris! Thanks for bringing this to us!

    (Now, suck it up and call Tom Lehrer! You’re READY!!!)

  8. Trevor says:

    Any one know where a video clip of the American Comedy Awards that Mels plays for them is?

  9. sadermac says:

    This is probably my favorite episode yet! It was really nice to hear stories from Mel and laugh along with ya’ll. I listen to Nerdist while I travel because it helps me pass the time driving. Thank you Chris for adding some color to an otherwise B&W part of my life!

  10. Philippe says:

    Mel Brooks splitting an enemy’s head open over caviar and blinis at the russian tea room with Ann Bancroft is probably the best old school showbiz story I’ve heard.

  11. Kenny says:

    Got chills when Mel Brooks said: “Enjoy your Burrito”

  12. @Jake I know. Welcome to Doctor Quemmento’s Boutique of Shoddy and Questionable Puns. Est. 1985. 😀

  13. Jake says:

    Oh @Dr Quemmento you are so punny

  14. Eric says:

    The Mel Brooks episode was really really really great. One thing I noticed during his interview was his interest in opportunities through podcasting (e.g., revenue). It reminded me of the Joan Rivers interview, she was kind of asking similar questions too. It really says a lot about how driven and hungry these super successful people are, and how they’ve stayed relevant over the years.

  15. Patty Marvel says:

    @Doctor Quemmento – Good one, Rabbi. 😉

  16. @Patty
    I only count six or seven of us. Everyone knows you need at least ten to make a minyan.

  17. robin says:

    Ok, this kind of made me teary. Probably one of my faves.

  18. Patty Marvel says:

    @JetpackBlues – Nuh-UH! Ya’ll are MY “minions!”


    Mama needs a Twix bar!

  19. Leah says:

    Holy hell that was incredible. Like ridiculously incredible and I’m kind of freaking out that I got to listen to it. Fo’ FREE!

    I vote for the fish-slapping dance to be the handshake, if there’s voting, because it seems the most logical of choices. You know. Hitting people in the face with fish and whatnot.

    @Jetpack – the facepalm picard was perfect

  20. Taryn says:

    This was so amazing! I listened to it over two days at work because I kept getting interrupted but it was so worth the frustration (stupid place that pays me expecting me to take out the headphones occasionally)! As soon as I heard Mel’s voice I just knew this was going to be epic. The enjoy your burrito ending is amazing!!! I want it as my ringtone too! 🙂

  21. mongo says:

    me love mel. mongo straight!

  22. JetpackBlues says:

    @Jake: We are minions. Just ask Patty.

  23. Jake says:

    What should we call ourselves, this club of nerdistites? The quemmenters? The nerdist collective? The incredibly cool and awesome people?

  24. Folks, that was just f*&#ing awesome. Mel is a treasure, and he ain’t one damn brick shy of a load either. Still sharp and funny.

    Listened and enjoyed the show for a long time now. This ep. was a real special treat.

  25. JH says:

    Well I guess I’m going to have to splurge on the box set as an early gift to myself. The ‘Putting on the Ritz’ scene has always been my favorite part of YF, interesting to hear that Mel thought it would cheapen the movie. Overall my new fave episode of Nerdist, but then again I find myself saying that every week lately… Keep up the amazing work!

  26. Tim says:

    For those interested in Carl and Mel’s nightly hangouts you catch a glimpse in Mel’s episode of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’. Definitely check it out!

  27. Patty Marvel says:

    @JetpackBlues – I figured that was either Picard or Homer Simpson. Works either way!

    And I got your e-mail just fine this time.

  28. JetpackBlues says:

    Aww shit, it didn’t work!

    That was supposed to be an ASCII Picard Facepalm.