Caesar's Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter

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PublicAffairs, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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The legendary television star tells the backstage stories of the classic comedy of Your Show of Shows, Caesar's Hour, and other landmark programs. It is no exaggeration to say that without Sid Caesar, comedy in America would have been a lot less funny. He was the star and guiding force behind Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, two of the most innovative programs in the Golden Age of Television, and the writers and stars of those shows went on to create the plays, movies, and sitcoms that we now think of as classic American comedy. So many of our greatest comedy writers - Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Woody Allen -were part of Sid Caesar's creative troupe. Sid was a master not only of comedic performance, but also of developing characters that the audience could relate to, finding the humor in ordinary situations rather than through vaudeville-type gags. His was a comedy truly drawn from the human condition. Caesar's Hours is Sid Caesar 's artistic autobiography, his account of how these great routines were fashioned and performed, and the interactions that gave birth to them. He takes us inside the famed writers' room, the rehearsal studios, and onto the
  

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Fascinating biography of one of the great funny men of early television. While I've always known about Sid Caesar, his hayday on television was over within a year of my birth so there is a lot I didn ... Read full review

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Sid Caesar's genius for satire ushered in the golden age of television in the 1950s and 1960s and inspired sketch comedy shows like Monty Python's Flying Circus and Saturday Night Live. Here, the ... Read full review

Contents

A Yonkers Childhood
5
From Sax to Comedy
29
The Subway Commandos
37
Tars and Spars
52
A Show or a Steak
64
Your Show of Shows and Caesars Hour S i
111
The Writers Room
119
The Hickenloopers and The Commuters
149
The Professor
193
The German General and the Music of DoubleTalk
203
i2 From Here to Obscurity Aggravation Boulevard and Other Movie Satires 118
219
Now Was and Gonna Be
261
Ten from My Later Years and One to Grow On
274
The Anniversary Ball
291
Index
298
Copyright

The Ar t of Sketch Comedy
170

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About the author (2003)

Sid Caesar was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1922 and began his career in comedy while a musician in the Catskills. He was a film and stage star by his mid-twenties, and in 1950 came the debut of "Your Show of Shows," followed later in the decade by "Caesar's Hour." Caesar has also starred in numerous Broadway shows and Hollywood movies. He lives in Beverly Hills, California. Eddy Friedfeld is an entertainment journalist and film critic. He lives in New York City.

Eddy Friedfeld is an entertainment journalist and film critic. He lives in New York City.

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