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Mel Brooks to pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

Mel Brooks to pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks has been booked on Tuesday's edition of "Conan" to talk about his late friend and collaborator Sid Caesar, TBS said.
TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Comedy icon Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., his friend Carl Reiner told the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. He was 91.
Comedy legend Sid Caesar dies at 91

Comedy legend Sid Caesar dies at 91

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Comedic actor Sid Caesar died Wednesday, a rep for the family confirmed. He was 91.
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Burnett was told variety is a 'man's game'

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- Carol Burnett said she wasn't offended at the time when an executive told her she couldn't have her own variety show in the 1960s because it's "a man's game."

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Comedian and actor Jan Murray dies at 89

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Stand-up comedian and television legend Jan Murray has died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 89.

TV veterans accept TV Land Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- A host of TV veterans packed the Santa Monica Airport for the tongue-in-cheek TV Land Awards.

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Actor, director Howard Morris dead at 85

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Comedic actor, director and voice-over artist Howard Morris who rose to fame in the 1950s has died at his Hollywood home at the age of 85.

Feature: Comics line up for Vegas festival

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- As comedians from around the country get ready for the third annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival, organizers say the new-talent portion of the program has opened d
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Sid Caesar
New York: “Hail Caesar, the Conquering Hero of Broadway! In the new musical “Little Me”, based on the Patrick Dennis novel about the life of fictitious screen Queen Belle Poitrine in the Feuer-Martin musical version of the novel. TV’s Sid Caesar plays all seven of the lover men in the heroine’s life. In this photo, Caesar is a sly old rascal in top hat as he portrays a miserly banker. In this photo, a mustached Sid Caesar plays “Val du Val”, a French Vaudeville star. The New show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York is a real feast for Sid Caesar fans. Photo released November 17, 1962. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar (born September 8, 1922) is an American comic actor and writer known as the leading man on the 1950s television series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and to younger generations as Coach Calhoun in Grease and Grease 2.

Caesar was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants Ida (née Raphael) and Max Caesar, who ran a twenty-four-hour luncheonette. Caesar would help his parents by waiting on tables and it was during this time that Sid learned to mimic many of the accents he would use throughout his long career. He first tried his double-talk with a group of Italians, his head barely reaching above the table. They enjoyed it so much, they sent him over to a group of Poles to repeat it in Polish, and so on with Russians, Hungarians, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Lithuanians, and Bulgarians. Despite his apparent fluency in many languages, in reality Caesar can only speak English and Yiddish. The Caesars were a funny family, and Sid's older brother Dave was his comic mentor and 'one-man cheering section'. They created their earliest family sketches from then current movies like Test Pilot and Wings.

At fourteen, Caesar first went to the Catskills as a saxophonist with Mike Cifficello's Swingtime Six and would also occasionally perform in sketches. After graduating from high school in 1939, Caesar's family was still reeling from the Great Depression, and he moved out, intent on a musical career. He arrived in New York City penniless and tried to join the musician's union (later he audited classes at the famed Juilliard School of Music). That first summer on his own, he played at the Vacationland Hotel in Swan Lake in the Catskills. There under the tutelage of Don Appel, the resort's social director, Caesar played in the band and learned to perform comedy, doing three shows a week. In 1939, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, where he was assigned to play in military revues and shows in Brooklyn, New York. Vernon Duke, the famous composer of Autumn in New York, April in Paris, and Taking a Chance on Love, was also stationed at the same base and he collaborated with Caesar in musical revues.

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