Mel Brooks two-part interview bonanza!

Mel Brooks tickles the ivories at his home in California (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)


If there's anyone who can carry a two-part interview special, it's comedy genius Mel Brooks. The writer, performer, composer, and film director has won every award in the book, including the American Film Institute's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brooks -- the man behind The Producers and Young Frankenstein, to name only a few -- is a feisty interview subject. He twists the interview into something of a playful tango, often taking jabs at himself and "neon Jian".

His quick wit and infectious laugh will lure you in, but his wisdom and gift for storytelling will keep you listening -- so don't let his first comment following the introduction throw you.

"Listen, Jian, I'm not gonna waste your time or mine. You've said it all. The rest is bullshit. I don't know what we're gonna say to each other."

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