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    Comedian Sid Caesar Dead At Age 91

    February 12, 2014 3:36 PM

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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Sid Caesar, a giant of the Golden Age of Television, has died.
    He was 91.
    Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld says Caesar died early Wednesday.
    Born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, N.Y. on Sept. 8, 1922, the innovative, influential comedy genius’s sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor.
    Caesar’s two most important programs were “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.” He used them to display his incredible skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy.
    He paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became comedy classics.
    He attracted a stable of young writers who went on to highly successful careers of their own including Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.
    Caesar also appeared on Broadway and on the big screen in the 1963 comedy epic “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

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    Comic legend Sid Caesar dead at age 91, says friend Carl Reiner


    By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman

    LOS ANGELES Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:13pm EST


    Legendary comedian Sid Caesar (R) accepts the TV Land Pioneer award presented by friend and comedian Billy Crystal (L) during a taping of the TV Land awards show March 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California.
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    (Reuters) - Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of "Your Show of Shows" during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner.

    Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar's death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. He said the veteran entertainer had been ill for at least a year.

    While he enjoyed a lengthy, if uneven, career in TV and film spanning six decades, Caesar may be best-remembered for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the landmark "Your Show of Shows," which aired on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954.

    One of the most ambitious and demanding of all TV enterprises, "Your Show of Shows" was 90 minutes of live, original sketch comedy airing every Saturday night, 39 weeks a year. It is widely considered the prototype for every U.S. TV sketch comedy series that followed, including "Saturday Night Live."

    "He was a unique talent, and he was a pioneer of television and entertainment when television was in its infancy," said Eddy Friedfeld, who helped Caesar write his 2003 autobiography "Caesar's Hours."

    "Your Show of Shows" and its successor series, "Caesar's Hour," became an incubator for some of the greatest comic minds in American show business, with a roster of writers that included Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Reiner (who also co-starred on the show) and Larry Gelbart.

    Nominally hosted each week by a different star (much like "Saturday Night Live"), "Your Show of Shows" also featured a cadre of regular singers and dancers, as well as ballet and opera performances to lend an air of cultural refinement.

    But the series became a hit for the comic chemistry between Caesar and Coca, a former vaudeville performer nearly 14 years his senior who died in 2001 at age 92.

    Together they satirized historical events in a recurring bit titled "History as She Ain't," played marital strife for laughs in the husband-and-wife skit "The Hickenloopers" and poked fun at Hollywood with such parodies as "From Here to Obscurity" (a lampoon of the film "From Here to Eternity").

    By all accounts, the writers' room could be a raucous place. Caesar, a tall, strapping presence, acknowledged he once was so angry at Brooks that he grabbed the diminutive writer and dangled him from a hotel window by his ankles.

    Reiner later drew on his experiences with Caesar as material for the TV sitcom classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

    Some of Caesar's most popular bits were built around pompous or outlandish characters - such as Professor von Votsisnehm - in which he spoke in a thick accent or mimicked foreign languages in comic but convincing gibberish.

    "He was the ultimate, he was the very best sketch artist and comedian that ever existed," Reiner said of his friend. "His ability to double talk every language known to man was impeccable."

    In a 2001 interview with Reuters, Caesar said his ear for language grew from frequent boyhood visits to his father's restaurant in a blue-collar neighborhood of Yonkers, New York.

    "Men used to come in - there was a French table, a German table, a Russian table and an Italian table," he recalled. "By taking up dishes during lunch hour, I'd pick (languages) up. You know, the first thing they teach you is the dirty words."

    (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis, writing by Steve Gorman; editing by G Crosse and Matthew Lewis)
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    Another guy I was sure was already gone. RIP, Sid.
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    Yep, he looked like death warmed over for several years now. R.I.P. Mr. Ceasar.
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    Okay, that is two older stars now, Sid and Shirley. Who will be next? I pray for it to be Zsa Zsa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeStar70 View Post
    Okay, that is two older stars now, Sid and Shirley. Who will be next? I pray for it to be Zsa Zsa.
    That poor woman with her crazy "prince" husband. She would probably at least get some peace.

    I remember Sid Ceasar in Vegas Vacation: "I won, I won da money!"

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    I forgot that was him....lol

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    There are a couple of threads for this.
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    I remember him from Grease! RIP, Sid.
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    Brilliant, funny man, with probably the greatest assemblage of writers in showbiz.

    Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks have spoken endlessly about what a naturally funny man he was and that their writing only helped build upon it.

    I think that "This Is Your Story" is one of the best sketches of all time.

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    I believe it was Carl Reiner that tells a story to demonstrate just how physically strong Caesar was, at least in the '50s.

    As they were crossing a busy New York street, a taxi stopped just short of hitting them. The cabbie leaned out of the window, yelling expletives and shaking his fist. Sid walked over, let the man finish his diatribe, and then asked, "Do You remember the day you were born?"

    The cab driver responded with more curses. So Caesar leaned in and grabbed the guy by the lapels, saying, "Well, you're now going to relive the experience."

    And with that, he pulled the guy through the vent window, then lifted him off the ground and held him nose-to nose, glowering. The cab driver's attitude underwent a remarkable change, as he began apologizing profusely until the comedian let him go.

    Mel Brooks also tells the story of the time the writing staff (with Caesar in charge, of course) had to work late into the evening. Brooks had a date or some event he wanted to attend and kept saying he wanted to go.

    Caesar got so annoyed with him for his unrelenting whining, that he grabbed the smaller man and dangled him out of the window by his ankles, saying, "You Still Wanna Go, Mel? You ready to go now?"

    Naturally, the victim was terrified and screamed he wanted to stay. After Sid pulled him back up, Mel said nothing the rest of the night except as it pertained to the script.
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    RIP Sid. The afterlife just got a whole lot funnier.
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