Sid Caesar Has Died

Legendary comedian Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91. I say legendary, and he truly deserves such a superlative. His career, which saw him regarded as one of the best comedians both of his era and in general, not only established himself, but helped establish the careers of the Greats: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, and Larry Gelbart were just some of the writers that got their start with Sid. Beyond that, the way he ran The Show of Shows set the standard for sketch comedy for the next fifty years, moving away from vaudeville style one liners and towards theatrical, long form sketches (which had been experimented with by others, but embraced by Caesar). Sketch comedy in the US would follow his lead, and one liners would all but disappear in the 50s and 60s.

He was also an early adopter of what we'd recognize as modern showrunning. Caesar would rely on his staff to create everything for him, but provided feedback on every concept, and encouraged spaghetti-against-the-wall style brainstorming, where any and every idea would be pitched, and only those that got a reaction from the room would make it to the screen. It was also one of the first shows to use a large staff in a "Writer's Room." His influence cannot be understated, and his passing is yet another reminder of the waning of an era, an era that has no equal.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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