Mel Brooks Shines Despite HBO Special's Problems
Kansas City Star
Brooks sits down for an interview with Alan Yentob, the creative
director of the BBC, in a one-hour show for HBO called Mel Brooks Strikes Back (9pm) produced by Brooks himself. Yentob is either woefully
ignorant, a terrible interviewer or both. He begins by asking Brooks
what it was like growing up as a Jew in Brooklyn.
I’m sorry, what? He follows that probing question by asking why they call the Catskills “the Borscht Belt.” Oy.