Mel Brooks has won an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, an Emmy, and endless, endless accolades. Later this month, he’ll be honored once more when Martin Scorsese presents him the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award. (Scorsese has also been awarded AFI’s Life Achievement Award, back in 1997.)
“For over 50 years, Mel Brooks has given the world its greatest gift – laughter,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “At the American Film Institute, we also want to shine a proper light on his contributions to the art form as writer, producer, director and actor – and who better to bestow this honor than one of the masters of American film, Martin Scorsese.”
The ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre on June 6 and then air on TNT on June 15 at 9 p.m. and on TCM on Sunday, July 24 on 8 p.m. The latter airing is part of a larger celebration of Brooks’ contributions to film, which includes Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and History of the World: Part I. TCM will also air Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs and The Producers as well as interviews with Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett.
Before all that, celebrate with a YouTube spiral of your favorite Brooks-isms. I’ll start: