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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

rip sid caesar

sid caesar, the brilliant comic genius who paved the way for every generation of sketch comedian since the 50's, died at age 91.  latimes:

two-time emmy award-winning performer during his tv heyday in the `50s, caesar has been hailed as “one of the great tv clowns,” “one of television’s most inventive performers” and “a genius at making people laugh.”

“television had its share of comedy geniuses,” times television critic howard rosenberg wrote in 1994. “yet arguably none has been as uniquely gifted and inventive as caesar. watching him perform, you just know light bulbs are popping continuously in his brain."
here's sid, along with "your show of shows" regulars imogene cocoa, carl reiner and howard morris sending up the iconic burt lancaster/deborah kerr classic, from here to eternity:

rest in peace, sid caesar.
posted by skippy at 3:34 PM |


I was too young to actually watch and make sense of Your Show of Shows, but I certainly remember Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca as being part of my distant childhood.

And of course, this is reminding me that I want to hunt up My Favorite Year and not just the clips.
commented by Blogger D., 5:06 PM PST  
It is neck and neck in my mind between Caesar and Ernie Kovaks but there is no doubt the EVERYONE that came after, Laugh In, SNL, MAD TV, owes those two giants every laugh they ever got. Chevy killed Kovaks & Caesars own demons kept him from continuing his incredible career. The world is a better place for his having been here.
commented by Blogger frankly, 5:11 PM PST  
you are right about kovaks, frank
commented by Blogger skippy, 5:48 PM PST  

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