“In today’s PC environment would you be able to make the same movies you wrote and produced in the 70s? ” Bill Maher asked Mel Brooks on HBO Real Time’s Overtime last night.

“Not at all, Mel Brooks insisted.

“But you certainly did open the way for a lot more farting,” Maher complained.

“This is the last bastion of privacy,” Brooks said of Maher’s late-night program. “We can talk to each other and nobody will listen, because you don’t get a rating, so we can talk.”

Later he added, conciliatorily, “That’ a big lie — you get a big rating and that’s why I’m here.”