“Blazing Saddles for me was a film that truly broke ground. It also broke wind… and maybe that’s why it broke ground,” says director Mel Brooks of his audacious 1974 comedy, and of its heavy flatulence scene at the campfire— reportedly the first in cinematic history. Blazing Saddles is one of the most iconic comedies of all time, with its intrepid heroes Sheriff Bart, Jim “The Waco Kid,” evil Hedley Lamarr, and a town called Rock Ridge where everyone’s last name is Johnson. See it on the big screen at Segerstrom Center with the rare treat of a Q &A with Brooks himself. And if you’ve seen the PBS American Masters’ special Make a Noise on Brooks, you’d know the legend in person is every bit as funny his films.
Sun., March 13, 3 p.m., 2016
Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers the Orange County DIY music scene, film, arts, Latino culture and currently pens the long-running column Trendzilla. Born, raised, and based in Santa Ana, she loves bad movies, punk shows, raising her plants, eating tacos, Selena, and puns.