Mel Brooks is responsible for some of the greatest film comedies in movie history. It's a list that includes "Spaceballs," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," so he clearly knows the ins and outs of landing a punch line.
In an exclusive clip that will appear in the DVD outtakes of PBS' upcoming appreciation of the director, actor and writer, Brooks offers some advice to aspiring comedy filmmakers.
"You musn't ever let a producer, ever let a producer in the editing room," he says. "They're not bad people. They're just dumb people."
The reason to steer clear of their meddling might not be what you expect and it's a whole lot funnier than most career tips, but then again what do you expect from the man who skewered the profession so mercilessly with the movie and Broadway show, "The Producers."
"American Masters Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" premieres nationwide on May 20. It will be available on DVD May 21 from Shout Factory.