Feb 12, 2014
By Michael Kramer
An influential comedy genius from the golden age of television has died.
Sid Caesar was 91.
His innovative sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humour.
Caesar’s two most important broadcasts were “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.”
He used them both to display his incredible skill in pantomime, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy.
He paired with a numberr of performers including Imogene Coca in routines 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.”