First airing on PBS in May of 2013 as part of the AMERICAN MASTERS series, MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE is a mix of interview and biography about and with one of the greatest comedy legends of American entertainment: Mel Brooks. I have been a fan of Brooks for much of my life and this is a special that I was really looking forward to watching and it didn't disappoint. Brooks influence in the entertainment world is without question. He is one of only about a dozen people who have won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar. MAKE A NOISE follows his life from his early life to his initial success working as a writer for Sid Caesar's YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS and CAESAR'S HOUR through the massive success of the musical stage version of THE PRODUCERS.
The show largely consists of interviews with Brooks, but also features interviews with Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Richard Lewis, Tracey Ullman, Neil Simon, Joan Rivers, David Steinberg, Barry Levinson, Steve Weber, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Bill Pullman, Susan Stroman, and Matthew Broderick. Older interview footage from Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn is also a part of the special. In addition there are a lot of clips from Brook's movies and TV shows.
I haven't seen many episodes of AMERICAN MASTERS so I don't really have any comparison how this particular special compares to others in the series. Personally, I found it highly enjoyable. Brooks is usually very tight-lipped nowadays when it comes to his marriage to Anne Bancroft. He talks about the relationship here a little, which is probably more than he's publicly talked about it in the past decade.
The only flaw with this special is that it's only 90 minutes long. Brooks has been involved in show business for over 7 decades. Therefore, although it touches on many aspects of Brooks' life, it isn't very detailed.
Overall, MEL BROOKS: MAKE A NOISE is a highly entertaining short biography of the American comedy legend Mel Brooks. It's a must see for anyone who is a fan of Brooks.