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Sid Caesar RIP...

17.2.14

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Almost a week ago Sid Caesar passed away at 91. For the last few decades, Caesar hasn’t been in the media much, but back in the 50s he had his share in prime-time television comedy, mostly with his live sketch shows, Your Show Of Shows and Caesar’s Hour. Among the writers that wrote for him back then were Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.


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No wonder Caesar was considered to be one of the pioneers of comedy and television in general. His influence in the art of comedy has been highly praised by many. He’s been honoured with multiple awards and standing ovations throughout his career. After all Albert Einstein was a fan of his and Alfred Hitchcock called him “the funniest performer since Charlie Chaplin.”

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Nine years ago, August 2005, Billy Crystal writes in Vanity Fair:

"I get nervous when I am with these giants. I always feel like I want to say, Thank you. I am blessed to have grown up in their time of perfection, to have witnessed the utter force of Sid. Live, uncut, daring but not risqué. Never stooping beneath themselves, Sid and this team of icons put forth a raucous, hilarious, and truthful brand of comedy that, 50 years later, is still funny and inspiring, and makes me think … What kind of comedy would I be doing if I hadn’t seen Sid Caesar? Would I be a comedian at all?"

There are plenty of excuses for younger generations and not die-hard comedy fans to not be familiar with this artist’s work: sudden disappearance off the spotlights, alcoholism, sleeping pills, staying off those spotlights. If you don’t know who Sid Caesar was, just go read something deeper about him than this write up and watch the clips online.

Here’s a couple to get you going… Please watch!

Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray on Argument to Beethoven’s 5th



Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in The Sleep Sketch…



There are many box sets and DVD collections compiling Caesar’s work to choose from.

Here’s one

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