In the world of comedy, the man is a legend. He’s received nearly every award known to man.
Mel Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. He received the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time, all of which ranked in the top 20 of the list: "Blazing Saddles" at number 6, "The Producers" at number 11, and "Young Frankenstein" at number 13.
He is also a man so proud of his Jewish heritage that it only seems fitting that he’s chosen to celebrate this Christmas with the Jewish tradition of a movie marathon.
The added bonus is that the man himself will be hosting this marathon of some his most acclaimed films and will be sharing personal insides about the making of these movies like only he can.
The marathon, airing on the Sundance Channel, is aptly titled “Oy! To the World: A Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon,” will feature two versions of the “The Producers,” as well as “History of the World Part 1,” the horror spoof classic “Young Frankenstein” and the fairytale send-up “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
Witty, uncompromising, and hilarious, Brooks’ library of work comprises some of the funniest films ever made. From the bumbling descendant of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (“That’s FRONKENSTEEN!”) to the most unscrupulous Broadway producers ever (“Look at me NOW! I’m wearing a cardboard belt!”), his wild stories and zany, ever-quotable one-liners have immortalized themselves in the pantheon of great cinema classics.
“I want to thank Sundance Channel for giving the world the best Christmas gift ever—23.5 hours of me!” exclaimed Brooks when asked about the marathon.
Below is the complete listing of the “Oy! To the World: Mel Brooks Christmas Marathon” that will begin on Christmas morning:
6:00 am et The Producers (2005)
9:00 am et The Producers (1968)
11:00 am et History of the World, Part 1
1:00 pm et Young Frankenstein
3:30 pm et Robin Hood: Men in Tights
5:45 pm et History of the World, Part 1
7:45 pm et Young Frankenstein
10:15 pm et The Producers (1968)
12:15 am et The Producers (2005)
3:15 am et Robin Hood: Men in Tights