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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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Your Show of Shows: A Laugh-Out-Loud Weekend with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

 

This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!


In the early 1950s, NBC's variety show YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS provided Americans with a weekly dose of top-notch comedy and music, courtesy of Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and a group of spectacular featured performers. The program also showcased the early work of some of the best comedy writers in the business, including Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, who would later re-create his experiences with his own "The Dick Van Dyke Show". The Cinematheque is proud to present a selection of YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS sketches as well as films inspired by the series (MY FAVORITE YEAR) and written and directed by its most beloved artists, Carl Reiner (ENTER LAUGHING, THE JERK, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS) and Mel Brooks (BLAZING SADDLES, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, SILENT MOVIE, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1).

 

 

Thursday, July 22 - 7:30 PM

MY FAVORITE YEAR, 1982, Warner Bros., 92 min. Dir. Richard Benjamin. Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on a 1950s TV comedy-variety series who is assigned to keep alcoholic matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole) out of trouble during rehearsals and deliver him sober to the performance. Trailer

HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I, 1981, 20th Century Fox, 92 min. Mel Brooks is at his most inventive in this collection of sketches that provides a comedic survey of man's past, including the inquisition (which provides the basis for one of the funniest production numbers of the director's career) and the stone age. Orson Welles narrates this parody of sweeping Hollywood epics, and the cast is comprised of comedy legends: Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Sid Caesar, and Henny Youngman, among others. Trailer Discussion between films with Richard Benjamin. | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Friday, July 23 - 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Double Feature: 10 FROM YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS, 1973, 92 min., Dir. Max Liebman. A compilation of sketches from the comedy-variety series starring Sid Caesar telecast live on the NBC television network from 1950 to 1954.

ENTER LAUGHING, 1967, Sony Repertory, 112 min. Dir. Carl Reiner. Reni Santoni plays a young Jewish man who dreams of becoming a comedian during the Depression. His parents think working in the family drugstore is a safer bet. The supporting cast includes Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and Michael J. Pollard. Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner in person between films. | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, July 24 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE JERK, 1979, Universal, 94 min. Dir. Carl Reiner. Steve Martin plays the lovable idiot Navin R. Johnson, who leaves his poor black family behind to see the world. Bernadette Peters sings, dances, throws knives and plays the trumpet while M. Emmet Walsh shoots and curses his way into film history. Trailer

DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID, 1982, Universal, 88 min. Dir. Carl Reiner. Steve Martin is a private eye who interacts with Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck and Alan Ladd thanks to gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and some extremely creative editing. Discussion between films with Carl Reiner. Trailer | | Buy Tickets

 

Sunday, July 25 - 7:30 PM
Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary! Double Feature: BLAZING SADDLES, 1974, Warner Bros., 93 min. Director Mel Brooks’ third film as director took his politically-incorrect humor (with a screenplay co-written by Richard Pryor) to new levels of hilarity. A corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff to cause havoc in a Western town, but is surprised when the new lawman (Cleavon Little) becomes a force to be reckoned with. With Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman. Trailer

SILENT MOVIE, 1976, 20th Century Fox, 87 min. Director Mel Brooks plays a washed-up film director who sees a new silent film production as the way to save both his career and Hollywood, and he enlists the aid of pals Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman. Discussion between films with Mel Brooks. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 1974, 20th Century Fox, 105 min. Dir. Mel Brooks. Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the script) stars as Dr. Frankenstein struggling to breathe life into tap-dancing monster Peter Boyle, with help from hunchback assistant Marty Feldman, lusty Teri Garr, neurotic Madeline Kahn and Frau Blucher herself, Cloris Leachman. Trailer   | Buy Tickets

THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, 1983, Warner Bros., 93 min. Dir. Carl Reiner. Brain surgeon Steve Martin is saddled with a horrible wife (Kathleen Turner), until he comes up with the perfect solution: transplanting the brain of a sweet, romantic woman into his nasty spouse’s gorgeous body. Trailer | Buy Tickets