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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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 stage itself, where some of the funniest moments in television history came to life. To read his book is to learn why his intelligent and sensitive brand of humor resonates so much with us, even half a century later.
  

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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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A looking glass view of an era when television was new and everyone wanted a TV Set. I can only compare it to the boom of the Internet of the 90's and not everyone had a Computer. This is not unlike Patton Reading Rommel's book as to peek into this time. Read full review

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Contents

A Yonkers Childhood
13
From Sax to Comedy
28
The Subway Commandos
37
Tars and Spars
52
A Show or a Steak
64
Your Show of Shows and Caesars Hour 8 1
83
The Writers Room
119
The Hickenloopers and The Commuters
149
The Professor
193
The German General and the Music of DoubleTalk
203
From Here to Obscurity Aggravation Boulevard and Other Movie Satires 21 8
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 Art 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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