Mel Brooks to Get ‘Back in the Saddle’ in Milwaukee

Mel Brooks comes to the Riverside Theater on June 11 for a live conversation and Q&A and a screening of comedy all-timer “Blazing Saddles.”

Pack some beans and saddle your horse, as the Pabst Theater Group announced that Mel Brooks will be coming to the Riverside Theater on June 11 with his comedy all-timer Blazing Saddles in tow for a special screening of his comedy masterpiece to be followed by a Q&A. Tickets for this unique one time only event go on sale at noon on Saturday, April 30 and are an absolute must for fans of comedy history. Press release is as follows:

MEL BROOKS: Back in the Saddle

Plus a Full Screening of Blazing Saddles 

Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself. Somebody give the governor a harrumpp! Memorable and monumental, Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles…back in the saddle again.

Riverside Theater 

Saturday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. (6 p.m. doors)

Reserved: $49.50, $79.50, $89.50, $125
OnSale: Saturday, April 30th @ 12 p.m.

This is a great get for the local movie scene, and it continues the trend that the Pabst Theater Group has established over 2016 so far of bringing unique cinema-based events to our classiest local venues. We’ve already had Christopher Lloyd come to town with Back to the Future, and we have Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s upcoming ‘An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies’ program on May 11 as well as The Godfather Live on May 20 and legendary director John Carpenter performing some of his classic cinema scores on July 18.

This is a righteous development for cinema fans in need of a little something extra to encourage them to get out of the house to see classic films. And while the Blazing Saddles screening is reason enough for excitement in and of itself, once you factor in a career-spanning Q&A with Mel Brooks (creator of such other classic entertainments like Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, History of the World: Part I & The Producers) this becomes a must-see event. Yes to more unique events, Pabst Theater Group!



Tom Fuchs is a Milwaukee-based film writer whose early love for cinema has grown into a happy obsession. He graduated with honors in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has since focused on film criticism. He works closely with the Milwaukee Film Festival and has written reviews and ongoing columns for Milwaukee Magazine since 2012. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs at home (watching movies), taking day trips to Chicago (to see movies), and reading books (about movies). You can follow him on Twitter @tjfuchs or email him at