“If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” a documentary celebrating vitality after age 90, hosted by Carl Reiner, premieres Monday on HBO.
The documentary, which will air at 5 p.m. on HBO’s East Coast feed and at 8 p.m. on its West Coast feed, features the 95-year-old Reiner’s interviews with Mel Brooks, 90, Dick Van Dyke, 91, Kirk Douglas, 100, Norman Lear, 94, and Betty White, 95, as he attempts to discover why some of his friends died years ago while others are still thriving.
Other interviewees include 94-year-old comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee; 101-year-old actress and singer Patricia Morison; Harriette Thompson, who in 2015 became the oldest woman to finish a marathon at age 92 and in Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego became the oldest to finish a half- marathon at 94; and Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, who fought in the D-Day invasion and still parachutes.
Younger interviewees include comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who discloses he has reserved the stage at Caesars Palace for his 100th birthday show in 2054.
The documentary’s opening title song, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” is performed by 90-year-old Tony Bennett and the original song “Just Getting Started,” was co-written and performed by 90-year-old Alan Bergman.
The title comes from a quip from Reiner, “Every morning before having breakfast, I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section, and see if I’m listed. If I’m not, I’ll have my breakfast.”
—City News Service
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