The AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks
Our tribute begins with The AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, which originally aired last month on TCM sister network TNT. Unique to TCM, the program is aired uncut and commercial-free, and is followed by a lineup of rarely seen feature films, documentaries and interviews specially curated by TCM to reinforce the breadth and depth of Brooks' career.
The features include the TCM premieres of The Twelve Chairs (1970), adapted and directed by Brooks, with Ron Moody, Frank Langella and Dom DeLuise in pursuit of the titular pieces of furniture because a fortune in gold is hidden inside one of them; and Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man (2012), a documentary by Matthew Buzzell and Kel Symons about the evolution of the classic comedy sketch created by Brooks and Carl Reiner. The Brooks interviews are classics conducted by Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.