Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sid Caesar

I'm not going to tell you about Sid Caesar, who died today. I'm going to show you.

This has got to be the most sophisticated and elaborate comedy sketch involving classical music of all time. Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray*:
*In the spirit of observing that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels, it's worth pointing out that Fabray has had a lifelong serious hearing impairment.

And, if you remember a 1950s reality tv show called This Is Your Life, this absolutely priceless sketch shows what ought to have happened whenever an unsuspecting person was coaxed on stage for a packaged vacation down memory lane. Carl Reiner is the relentless host, Sid Caesar the hapless guest, and Howie Morris the unforgettable "Uncle Goopy":

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