He released an exercise video, Sid Caesar's Shape Up!, in 1985. In 1987–89, Caesar appeared as Frosch the Jailer in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1987, Caesar starred in the David Irving film The Emperor's New Clothes with Robert Morse as the Tailor.
- Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca (born Emogeane Coca; November 18, 1908 – June...
- Early life
Caesar was the youngest of three sons born to Jewish...
After graduating from Yonkers High School in 1939, Caesar...
- Imogene Coca
Sid Caesar (Isaac Sidney Caesar; September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014) was an American comedian and actor. Caesar stared in Your Show of Shows from 1950 until 1954 and in Grease as Coach Calhoun. Before becoming a comedian, Caesar was a musician. He won two Emmy Awards during his career. Caesar was born on September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, New York.
- Stage and Film
- Style and Technique
- Working with Writers
- Impact on Television
- Faded Success and Personal Problems
- Later Years
After graduating from Yonkers High School in 1939, Caesar left home, intent on a musical career. He arrived in Manhattan and worked as an usher and then a doorman at the Capitol Theater there. He was ineligible to join the musicians' union in New York City until he established residency, but he found work as a saxophonist at the Vacationland Hotel, a resort located in the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County, New York. Mentored by Don Appel, the resort's social director, Caesar played in the dance band and learned to perform comedy, doing three shows a week. He audited classes in clarinet and saxophone at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1939, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, and was stationed in Brooklyn, New York, where he played in military revues and shows. Vernon Duke, the composer of Autumn in New York, April in Paris, and Taking a Chance on Love, was at the same base and collaborated with Caesar on mu...
Caesar's television career began with an appearance on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater in the fall of 1948. In early 1949, Caesar and Liebman met with Pat Weaver, vice president of television at NBC, which led to Caesar's first series, Admiral Broadway Revue with Imogene Coca. The Friday show was simultaneously broadcast on NBC and the DuMont network, and was an immediate success. However, its sponsor, Admiral, an appliance company, could not keep up with the demand for its new television sets, so the show was cancelled after 26 weeks—ironically, on account of its runaway success. On February 25, 1950, Caesar appeared in the first episode of Your Show of Shows, initially the second half of the two-hour umbrella show, Saturday Night Review; at the end of the 1950–51 season, Your Show of Shows became its own, 90-minute program from the International Theatre at 5 Columbus Circle and later The Center Theatre at Sixth...
Caesar was not a stand-up comedian but a "sketch comic, and actor," wrote one historian. "He conjured up ideas and enhanced scenes, but never wrote a word," and thereby depended on his writers for dialogue. Caesar was skilled at pantomime, dialects, monologues, foreign language double-talk and general comic acting. His sketches were often long, sometimes 10 or 15 minutes, with numerous close-ups showing the expressions on the faces of Caesar and other actors. Caesar relied more on body language, accents, and facial contortions than simply spoken dialogue. Unlike the slapstick comedy, which was standard on TV, his style was considered avant garde. Caesar "...was born with the ability to write physical poetry," notes comedian Steve Allen, a technique like that used for a silent film comedian. An example of this "silent film" style is a live sketch with Nanette Fabray, where they both pantomime with careful choreography, havi...
Among his primary subjects were parodies and spoofs of various film genres, including gangster films, westerns, newspaper dramas, spy movies and other TV shows. Unlike other comedy shows at the time, the dialogue on his shows were considered sharper, funnier and more adult oriented. In his sketches for Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, he would also typically "skewer the minutiae of domestic life" along with lampooning popular or classic movies. Contemporary movies, foreign movies, theater, television shows and opera were targets of satire by the writing team. Often the publicity generated by the sketches boosted the box office of the original productions. Some notable sketches included: "From Here to Obscurity" (From Here to Eternity), "Aggravation Boulevard" (Sunset Boulevard), "Hat Basterson" (Bat Masterson), and "No West for the Wicked" (Stagecoach). They also performed some recurring sketches. "The Hicken...
Steve Allen claimed, "Sid's was the show to which all comedy writers aspired. It was the place to be." While Caesar did not write his dialogue, he made all final decisions. His writers, such as Mel Brooks, felt they "had a great instrument in Caesar that we could all play, and we played it very well." As for Caesar, Nachman describes him basically as an "inspired idea man who allowed the writers to take more risks" than other TV shows. Woody Allen remembers that "...you wrote situations," instead of jokes, as in "This Is Your Story" with Carl Reiner, a parody of the popular TV show This is Your Life.It was said to be "Caesar's personal favorite" sketch. In many cases, sketch dialogue was not even written down, but simply indicated by describing a scene, as in, "Sid does man coming home from business mad." Sometimes, said Larry Gelbart, it was "organized chaos," and when watching the writers create from offstage, felt, "...it was a...
Nachman concludes that "the Caesar shows were the crème de la crème of fifties television," as they were "studded with satire, and their sketches sharper, edgier, more sophisticated than the other variety shows."Likewise, historian Susan Murray notes that Caesar was "...best known as one of the most intelligent and provocative innovators of television comedy." According to actress Nanette Fabray, who acted alongside Caesar, "He was the first original TV comedy creation." His early shows were the "...gold standard for TV sketch comedy." In 1951, Newsweek noted that according to "the opinion of lots of smart people, Caesar is the best that TV has to offer," while Zolotow, in his 1953 profile for The Saturday Evening Post, wrote that "in temperament, physique, and technique of operation, Caesar represents a new species of comedian." However, his positive impact on television became a negative one for Broadway. Caesar fan...
After nearly 10 years as a prime-time star of television comedy with Your Show of Shows followed by Caesar's Hour, his stardom ended rapidly and he nearly disappeared from the spotlight. Nachman describes this period: Caesar himself felt, "It had all come too fast, was too easy, and he didn't deserve the acclaim." Writer Mel Brooks, who also became his close friend, said, "I know of no other comedian, including Chaplin, who could have done nearly ten years of live television. Nobody's talent was ever more used up than Sid's. He was one of the greatest artists ever born. But over a period of years, television ground him into sausages." In 1977, after blacking out during a stage performance of Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers in Regina, Saskatchewan, Caesar gave up alcohol "cold turkey". In his 1982 autobiography, Where Have I Been?, and his second book, Caesar's Hours, he chronicled his struggle to overcome his alcoholism an...
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Caesar continued to make occasional television and theatrical appearances and starred in several movies including Silent Movie and History of the World, Part I (both reuniting him with Mel Brooks), Airport 1975, and as Coach Calhoun in Grease and its sequel Grease 2 in 1982. In 1971, he starred opposite Carol Channing and a young Tommy Lee Jones in the Broadway show Four on a Garden. In 1973, Caesar reunited with Imogene Coca for the stage play, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, written in 1971 by Neil Simon. Their play opened in Chicago in August 1973. That same year, Caesar and Max Liebman mined their own personal kinescopes from Your Show of Shows (NBC had "lost" the studio copies) and they produced a feature film Ten From Your Show of Shows, a compilation of some of their best sketches. In 1974, Caesar said, "I'd like to be back every week" on TV and appeared in the NBC skit-based comedy television pil...
Thereafter, Sid Caesar changed his format and initiated Caesar's Hour. Syndication and DVD release. Reruns of the 1976 syndicated "best of" series were aired on Comedy Central during the early 1990s. Skits from the series which are from Sid Caesar's personal collection are available on The Sid Caesar Collection DVD set. Sketches
- February 25, 1950 –, June 5, 1954
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Sid Caesar was so affected by Einstein's appreciation that he frequently refers to Einstein in his comedy routines. He may even have created many elaborate comedy monologues, simply to somehow include the mention of Einstein's name. 22.214.171.124 19:12, 25 March 2006 (UTC)Lestrade
Sid Caesar (n.Isaac Sidney Caesar la 8 septembrie 1922 - d. 12 februarie 2014) a fost un actor evreu-american de film și TV.
Caesar's Hour is a live, hour-long American sketch-comedy television program that aired on NBC from 1954 until 1957. The program starred, among others, Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Janet Blair, and Milt Kamen, and featured a number of cameo roles by famous entertainers such as Joan Crawford and Peggy Lee.
Sid later made his film debut in the adaptation of his stage hit, Tars and Spars (1946). He gave up alcohol "cold turkey". His autobiography, "Where Have I Been", published in 1983 and his second book, "Caesar's Hours", both chronicle his struggle to overcome alcoholism and barbiturates.
- Caesar’s Personality
- Childhood and Early Life
- Sid’s Major Works
- Personal Life and Achievements
It is always believed that writing a witticism is a daunting and unpredictable task. But Sid Caesarcame to prove this statement wrong. Not only did he come with his unique character but also he invented his laughable traits.He was one of the few comedians who stood up on stage, and people cackled without him uttering a single word. He was a one an all entertainer, all thanks to his inventions and ridiculous performances. Although death came to close his eyes, Sid is still defined as a great statesman of comedy.
On 8th, September 1922 Isaac Sidney Caesar was first seen in the world in New York, United States, Yonkers. His father was called Max Ziser, and his mother was known as Ida. As he was growing up, Sid loved to play and spend some time with his youngest brothers. Both of his parents served as restaurant owners. It was here that Sid got an opportunity to entertain their customers with his mimic personality. In partnership with Swingtime Six Band, Sid first performed as an eminent saxophonist at Catskill Mountains Resort in NY. Before the completion of his early studies at Yonkers High School, Caesarteamed up with Swingtime Six Band.
In the mid of 1939, Sid Caesargraduated from high school where he started to work as a saxophonist at Catskill MountainsResort. This happened after being declined entry to pioneer as a musician in New York Music auditions. After several trials and fails, he got a chance to teach a saxophone class at Julliard School of Music. In 1949 Sid Caesarappeared on an entertaining theoretical theater called Make Mine Manhattan. It was here that he released his first stand-up sitcom role called The Five Dollar Date that received positive acclaims. Caesar’s television career began when he launched an hour show called The Admiral Broadway Revue that was televised in Dumont and NBC Networks. After the closure of his first show, he came up with another and well notable sitcom called Sid Caesar Invites You. His display and crisped jokes climbed him up the ladder without his consent. When it comes to his later works, Sid presence was felt both in Hollywood and overseas. This was in regards to his col...
Throughout his career, Sid Caesar topped the world of fame in the 1950s where he launched his Saturday live night program called Your Show of Shows. The show also starred Carl Reiner and Imogene Coca. In 1954 he followed it up with another successful appearance in a show called Caesar’s Hour along with Howard Morris and Carl Reiner. In 1963 Sid played vital roles in different rom-com including The Busy Body and The Spirit is willing. He followed it up with some incredible and envied movies such as Grease 1 $2, History of the World, Silent Move and Airport. In 1980s Sid CaesarCaesars battled with alcohol and drug addiction where he later explained his discovery in his autobiography called Where I Have Been.
From 1952 to 2006 Sid Caesar received a wide array of recognition and awards. Some of the notable ones include Emmy Award nomination, Lifetime Achievement Award, Television Critics Association, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Pioneer Award. When it comes to his personal life, Sid Caesar married Florence Levy in 1943.The union had three children: Karen, Rick, and Michele. Sad to say Levy passed away on 3rd, March 2010 at 88 years of age. Sid Caesar breathed his last on 21st, February 2014 in California at 91 years of age due to a short illness. He was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery. In his honor, a Sid Caesar’s Award was released by Humane Society of the US. Sid Caesarcommunicated effectively only in Yiddish and English.