People Staff
December 01, 2003 12:00 PM

>Mel Brooks Funnyman actor, director and producer Mel Brooks, 77, a three-time Tony winner for Broadway’s The Producers, is wisecracking once again as a sheep named Wiley in PBS’s new animated series Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (check local listings).

ON WHY HE’S BEING SHEEPISH

“For my only grandchild, Samantha, 5. She wouldn’t make any sense out of ‘Springtime for Hitler’ [in The Producers], but she’ll relate to this.”

ON PREPPING HIS LAMB CHOPS

“I thought about sheep. But that’s it. I never went to a farm to find out what sheep really do during the day.”

ON MATTHEW BRODERICK AND NATHAN LANE’S RETURN TO THE PRODUCERS

“Nathan and Matthew said [to each other]: ‘I miss you! When can we do it again?’ They called me and I said, ‘Anytime!’ It’s going to be great and a tough ticket.”

ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR HIM

“We’re thinking of bringing Young Frankenstein to Broadway. We won’t know if it’s the real McCoy until we write it. Right now it feels pretty good.” CHAMP CLARK

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