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  1. Sid Caesar - Wikipedia

    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...

    • Career

      After graduating from Yonkers High School in 1939, Caesar...

    • Death

      Caesar died on February 12, 2014 at his home in Beverly...

    • Awards and nominations

      In 2005, The Humane Society of the United States honored...

  2. 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.

    • Actor, comedian, writer, musician, producer
    • Isaac Sidney Caesar, September 8, 1922, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
    • Stage and Film
    • Television
    • Style and Technique
    • Subjects
    • 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...

  3. Your Show of Shows - Wikipedia

    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

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  4. Sid Caesar - Wikipedia

    Caesar (1961) Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar ( 8 September 1922 – 12 Februar 2014 ) wis an actor frae Americae . He wis kent for his role in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World .

  5. Talk:Sid Caesar - Wikipedia

    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. 19:12, 25 March 2006 (UTC)Lestrade

  6. Sid Caesar - Wikipedia

    Sid Caesar (n.Isaac Sidney Caesar la 8 septembrie 1922 - d. 12 februarie 2014) a fost un actor evreu-american de film și TV.

  7. Caesar's Hour - Wikipedia's_Hour

    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.

  8. Sid Caesar - Biography - IMDb

    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.

  9. Sid Caesar Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
    • Caesar’s Personality
    • Childhood and Early Life
    • Career
    • 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.

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