Tonight at 8/7c we are taking you on a trip through time and space and into the past with “The History of the World, Part 1.” While some historical reenactment can be dull, don’t worry, this living textbook is produced, directed, written, and starring comedy legend Mel Brooks. That means that the tales of “The Dawn of Man,” “The Stone Age,” The Spanish Inquisition,” “The Bible,” and “The Future,” will fill less like MacMillan and more like Monty Python.
There’s no doubting Mel Brooks comedic genius. The man brought us Gene Wilder putting on the Ritz with a monster in “Young Frankenstein” for crying out loud and don’t even get us going on “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” We’re very excited to be showing his “History of the World” tonight and can only hope that some of his other brilliant films will be on the air soon. By the way, go ahead and sing along to the Spanish Inquisition, we won’t judge.
Here are five Mel Brooks movies we love:
2. “Young Frankenstein”
3. “Blazing Saddles”
4. “History of the World, Part 1”
5. “High Anxiety”
“History of the World, Part 1” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7c.