Who: Mel Brooks
What: A Hilarious LIVE Conversation with Mel Brooks and Screening of Blazing Saddles
Where: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. at 50th St., 212-465-6741
When: Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20, at 10:00 am for show Thursday, September 1, $60-$130, 7:30
Why: Eighty-nine-year-old Melvin James Kaminsky, aka Mel Brooks, is one of the funniest people to have ever stepped foot on the planet Earth. And his 1974 comedy classic, Blazing Saddles, is one of the funniest movies to have ever been shown on the big screen. The riotously lewd film leaves no one and nothing unscathed, having fun with and skewering Westerns, Hollywood musicals, racism, religion, pies, beans, horses, alcoholism, sex, guns, politics, anti-Semitism, and, of course, friendship and heroism. The all-star cast includes Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, Dom DeLuise, John Hillerman, David Huddleston, Alex Karras, Rodney Allen Rippy, and Brooks himself in two roles. On September 1, Brooks will be at Radio City Music Hall for a screening of Blazing Saddles, followed by an inside look at the making of the picture and an audience Q&A with the comedy legend, who also wrote and directed such fab flicks as The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and History of the World, Part 1. And don’t forget to harrumph.