Sid Caesar (1922-2014)



He might have been the first person to make me laugh ….

He was almost certainly the first person to traumatize me way back in the mid-Fifties. My parents told me that after I had been terrified a couple of times by the grotesque faces he made, I would scream and run from the living room whenever I saw him. Too bad I wasn’t old enough to enjoy “Your Show of Shows” as much as my parents did.

@Dave H: I only know Sid Caesar by reputation — the reputation of his writers, including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. My childhood was dominated by his creative progeny, if not the man himself.

I do have a recording of Imogene Coca — the cast album of On the Twentieth Century, from the late Seventies. She played a Crazy Lady, which could easily be covered by Carol Burnett in a revival.

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