Thursday, October 4, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Billy Crystal and Carl Reiner Remember Sid Caesar


Without Sid Caesar, comedy would have been a lot less funny.

In 1949, television was an infant technology. No one knew how long it would last ... or whether it would last at all. 


A 27-year-old Broadway star, along with a team of writers and performers who would become legendary, including Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon, and Woody Allen, revolutionized sketch comedy by telling stories rooted in the human condition. They redefined television sketch comedy, and paved the way for landmark comedy shows like Saturday Night Live.

Sid Caesar – The Works is a just released collection of the best work of Caesar and his teams, beginning with The Admiral Broadway Review, through Your Show Of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and featuring many interviews and extras, including the 2014 Paley Center For Media Tribute with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Billy Crystal.


We just ordered this 5 disc, 11 hour set and look forward to watching it soon. We'll try to share whatever we can from it in the coming weeks and months.


In this clip, Billy Crystal talks about his introduction to Sid Caesar and his unique comedy.


Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday   #TBT

2 comments:

  1. I thank Billy Crystal for bringing one of the great comics Sid Caesar back to the viewing audience. Sid with his very talented staff of writers "started" the whole comedy scene on TV. The humor that he and staff created still is funny! Far superior to the junk I see on TV now (with some exceptions)

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