Thursday, September 13, 2012
Last month we noted that master comedian Sid Caesar would be turning 90 years old soon, and posted a tribute in the form of a "Big Business" comedy sketch from Your Show of Shows.
Sid's birthday was last Saturday, and we're acknowledging it with another video clip, this time from Caesar's Writers, a classic DVD that has been unavailable for some time, but is now in re-release and available at Amazon.com.
On January 24, 1996 at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles, CA, legendary comic Sid Caesar was reunited with nine of his writers from Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. The event was taped, and later broadcast on PBS in the United States, and the BBC in the UK as a 1 hour special, with only select portions of the full two-hour event. The full event was previously available only as a VHS, offered as a pledge premium by local PBS stations.
Now, the full two-hour special CAESAR'S WRITERS is available on DVD for the first time. It's a non-stop laugh riot as the panel, made up of head writer Mel Tolkin, Caesar, Carl Reiner, Aaron Ruben, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, Sheldon Keller, and Gary Belkin share stories about their time working on Caesar's shows and offer their insights about writing comedy. If you have fond recollections of the high quality comedy that this group, celebrated in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, created in the 1950s, you'll want to see this DVD.
The video clip below is from the DVD, and shows the whole group cracking up as they reminisce about a joke involving a magician who makes his finger disappear. Notice that there's no profanity, meanness, or insults among the group, just plain fun and love of comedy.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)