Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes. Mel Brooks has been responsible for many of the funniest moments of the last 40 years. How is this for some credits?: The Two Thousand Year Old Man, Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein. And of course, the hit musical The Producers, which at the time of this interview had just opened in Australia. He's also responsible for my favourite definition of comedy: 'Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.' Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Mel Brooks.