WESTWOOD, CA – JANUARY 23: Actor Albert Brooks attends the premiere of “I’ll Do Anything” on January 23, 1994 at the Avco Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Oral History: Albert Brooks and the Stand-Up Panic

or over 40 years the HFPA has recorded famous and celebrated actresses, actors and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind – over 10,000  items – is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library.In this excerpt from our archives from 1994 – a busy year for him, starring in James L. Brooks‘s I’ll Do Anything and Michael Ritchie’s The ScoutAlbert Brooks tell us what it takes to bestand-up comic.