Join us for a Festival of ABC Author Event!
One Night Only! A virtual evening with Mel Brooks!
Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 pm
- Presented in Partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium and The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center with Independent Booksellers: A Cappella Books, Atlanta; and Books & Books, Coral Gables
- Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig
- This program will be pre-recorded! All viewer questions will be solicited in advance!Question for Mel Brooks? Please email [email protected]
At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words. For anyone who loves American comedy, the long wait is over. Here are the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and remembrances from a master storyteller, filmmaker, and creator of all things funny.All About Me! charts Mel Brooks’ meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Whether serving in the United States Army in World War II, or during his burgeoning career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills, Mel was always mining his experiences for material, always looking for the perfect joke.
His iconic career began with Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, where he was part of the greatest writers’ room in history, which included Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, and Larry Gelbart. After co-creating both the mega-hit 2000-Year Old Man comedy albums and the classic television series Get Smart, Brooks’s stellar film career took off. He would go on to write, direct, and star in The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and Spaceballs, as well as produce groundbreaking and eclectic films, including The Elephant Man, The Fly, and My Favorite Year. Brooks then went on to conquer Broadway with his record-breaking, Tony-winning musical, The Producers.
All About Me! offers fans insight into the inspiration behind the ideas for his outstanding collection of boundary-breaking work, and offers details about the many close friendships and collaborations Brooks had, including those with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn, Alfred Hitchcock, and the great love of his life, Anne Bancroft. Filled with tales of struggle, achievement, and camaraderie (and dozens of photographs), readers will gain a more personal and deeper understanding of the incredible body of work behind one of the most accomplished and beloved entertainers in history.
BOOKS & SHIPPING
Please note that All About Me! Is not signed. Your ticket includes book shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped from our partner Inkwood Books after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays.
Links will be sent 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program start. The link is unique to you and is not shareable. If shared, you may not be able to access the program! If you don’t receive the link, please check your SPAM folder. Still, have questions? Please email [email protected]
Can’t make the date? Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email [email protected] if you would like to receive the link!
We had an incredible 32nd annual event this past November 4-14, 2021!
Check out highlights from this past year’s festival:
Each year, The Katz JCC’s annual Festival of Arts, Books and Culture is a time to come together to celebrate! New books from bestselling authors, incredible work from talented artists and dynamic entertainers band together for a week you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re interested in historical fiction, politics, cooking, the entertainment world, sports or all of the above, the Festival is here to offer something for you.
Browse our full 2021 brochure to read about the individuals who appeared during the Festival.
View this year’s incredible line-up: