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Old 02-12-2014, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sid Caesar 1922-2014

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To say Caesar caused a sensation on TV is to understate the case. For eight years, beginning in 1950, he delighted America each week with a crazy salad of skits, pantomime and gentle satire. Your Show of Shows, which Caesar helped script, produced such stellar comedy writers as Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Neil Simon and also made a star out of his madcap sidekick, the incomparable Imogene Coca.

Yet the weekly grind took its toll. Overwhelmed by his early success, Caesar turned to drink and barbiturates. "I didn't unwind," he told PEOPLE in 1982. "I unraveled." His show suffered, was ultimately canceled, and Caesar – a self-described "violent drunk" – was never able to recapture his former glory.

"I went to a psychiatrist for 20 years and kept asking, 'What am I trying to punish myself for?' " he later told PEOPLE. "I never found out. Finally I said, 'I don't care.' "

With support from his family, he managed to reclaim his life. Staying clean and becoming a health fanatic, he spent his many remaining years popping up in a handful of movies (including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, as an accident-prone dentist, and Grease, as the track coach) and TV shows and lecturing on a subject he knew best – comedy.
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Thought he had died years ago!
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A nice article in Variety.
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You should read the Courage to change by Dennis Wholley. It has Sid's story on his addictions. What a remarkable man.
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Afraid I will date myself,but I remember our first tv as a kid, and my first show was Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca show! OMG,,a long time ago!
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RIP Sid Caesar, Mr. Show of Shows. What a comedy legacy: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon. A hint of Caesar in almost all our laughter.
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I remember the show too. I didn't know he was an addict. RIP dear Sid.
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oh, what a fantastic comedian. He will be missed.
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You should read the Courage to change by Dennis Wholley. It has Sid's story on his addictions. What a remarkable man.
That's an excellent book and I remember his story. His ability to overcome addiction speaks as well for him as his comic genius. Rest In Peace, Sid.
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Going to go to library and look for this book before nor'easter hits this afternoon!
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Had the honor of watching him perform live in the '90's. Already way past his prime, but what a class act. Thanks, Sid.
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