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Dick Cavett’s chat with Mel Brooks may be put on video for posterity

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Dick Cavett reports that it looks like his Dec. 7 Writer’s Bloc chat with Mel Brooks, onstage at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, will be put on video for posterity. He certainly hopes it will. “It can only be fun,” says the talk show legend, who’s previously mixed it up with the master funnyman not only on his own program, but in a series of kooky award-winning beer commercials.

Witty exchanges like his and Mel’s are rare show business fare in these times.

“I do have a general feeling that most things are getting worse” when it comes to the diminishing quality of public discourse on television, admits Cavett.

However, adds the man who conversed with guests ranging from John Lennon and Katharine Hepburn to Buckminster Fuller and Charles Bukowski back in the 20th Century, “I don’t really watch much these days. I like to watch a certain amount, not that I crave entertainment on television. Every so often like to check in on the various shows that do something like I did.”

As for who he likes best among Jay, Conan, David and the rest, “I’d be a fool to name names,” demurs Cavett, who’s out touting his new book, “Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.”

With the book (a compilation of essays from his New York Times online column) launched, “There are so many things I’ve done that I wouldn’t mind doing again,” he says. Such as? “A play on Broadway — I’ve done a couple of musicals. I’ve enjoyed guesting on other people’s shows. And it’s fun to go on shows that you enjoy watching,” adds the septuagenarian Emmy winner.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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