NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that comedy legend Mel Brooks will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with an audience of SiriusXM listeners, moderated by filmmaker Judd Apatow, as part of the SiriusXM "Town Hall" series.
"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Mel Brooks," which will take place on Thursday, April 18, will air on the limited-run channel "Mel Brooks Radio," channel 96 (Laugh USA), on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 am ET. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.
Moderated by Apatow, the "Town Hall" special will feature the legendary comedian answering a variety of questions from the studio audience about his celebrated career, including the new PBS documentary, American Masters Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, which is scheduled to premiere on May 20, and will be released on DVD on May 21.
"I grew up listening to the radio, so it holds a special place in my heart. I'm thrilled to be on SiriusXM and only wish I could have listened to 'Mel Brooks Radio' when I was a kid, but of course physics got in the way," said Mel Brooks.
"We know we are on firm ground describing Mel Brooks as a comic genius of legendary proportions and we are honored to have him meet our subscribers in an intimate setting," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "What makes it even better is having Judd Apatow, one of the most successful directors of comic films in the last decade, moderate the special. Bringing these two comic stars together is the kind of great chemistry we look for with our 'Town Hall' series."
The special is part of SiriusXM's "Town Hall" series, intimate gatherings with iconic musicians, entertainers and figures and a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners. Previous "SiriusXM Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Billy Crystal, Tom Petty, Tony Bennett, Quentin Tarantino, Carol Burnett, Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Crosby, Stills and Nash and the surviving members of Nirvana.
"Mel Brooks Radio" will launch on Saturday, April 27 at midnight ET via satellite on channel 96, as well as via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other connected devices online at siriusxm.com. The channel will feature Brooks sharing personal stories and anecdotes about the making of some of history's most iconic comedies, including Blazing Saddles, Young Frankestein, Space Balls and The Producers, which will be released as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo on July 2. SiriusXM listeners will also hear excerpts from the recently released DVD box set The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy as well as songs from the soundtracks of his films.
Sirius XM Radio Inc. is the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue and has 24 million subscribers. SiriusXM creates and broadcasts commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S., from retailers nationwide, and online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM programming is also available through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry smartphones and other connected devices. SiriusXM also holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has more than 2 million subscribers.
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