Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Sid Caesar is turning 90 on September 8, and we haven't seen him performing his zany comedy for a long time. But thanks to YouTube and the internet, we still have access to much of his classic work. Much of it is in the field of comedy sketches, in which he is arguably the master.
Caesar was funny by himself, but when he got together with Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and Imogene Coca in skits on the 1950s TV program Your Show of Shows, it was always classic gold.
We came across a sketch called Big Business that had us, in today's internet shorthand, ROTFL. (If you don't know what that means, look for the small type below the video.)
This sketch also features Reiner and Morris, but not Coca, probably because in 1950 there were few women attending power meetings in the world of big business.
The group starts out having a serious business meeting, but when the issue of having lunch comes up, everything starts to get out of control, especially when the sandwiches are delivered and Howard Morris starts waving his pickle in view of the now starving Sid Caesar.
We've heard that some corporations actually use this sketch as an introduction to training sessions on how not to run a meeting.
Enjoy, and Happy Birthday, Sid!
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(ROTFL = Rolling on the floor laughing)