So it finally happened. My dreams pulled a quick one on me and all of a sudden I found myself sitting across from Mel Brooks! In our hour together he imparted me with meaningful deep life lessons, taught me the golden rules of comedy, and even gave me dating advice. (Always date drummers NEVER date guitar players)
I kinda OD’ed on too much awesomeness but one thing I’ll never forget, when asking Mr. Brooks how he got through all the rejection, pain, agony, fear, and overall “AH!!!” of trying to live a life guided by your dreams, he chuckled and quickly fired back:
“Nevermind! Just leave all of that on the bus and keep on going”
As our meeting came to a close Mel showed me to the door and commented that I was “easy”. Unsure if this was a good thing or not (like Trader Joes pre-made dinner “easy” OR Rizzo from Grease ”easy”?) I decided to just ask him.
“I mean you’re easy to talk to…I thought I was going to have to fake a stomach ache after the first ten minutes”
Keeping THAT one on the bus for at least 2,000 years.