A look back at comedy icon Mel Brooks’ legendary career in film and television, debuts December 13 on HBO.
The HBO comedy special features award-winning actor, writer, producer and director Mel Brooks in interviews past and present with Alan Yentob, former creative director for the BBC. Since 1981, Yentob has filmed the inimitable Brooks for a number of candid conversations and mock interviews, many of which showcase a more reserved Alan as “straight man” to Mel’s high-energy, quick-witted, unsparingly sarcastic persona. Combining Yentob’s archival material with present-day interviews and verité footage of the now 93-year-old Brooks, the special is filled with the venerated comedian’s hilarious anecdotes about his life and illustrious career. MEL BROOKS UNWRAPPED also shows Yentob following Brooks in his day-to-day life, including a visit with long-time friend and collaborator Carl Reiner – who dubs Mel “the funniest human being in the world” – to share some spaghetti and meatballs and watch some iconic clips from Brooks’ 60-plus years in showbiz.