Caesar's Hours by Sid Caesar
My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter

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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 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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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.
Published November 5, 2003 by PublicAffairs. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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On his legendary Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) and Caesar's Hour (1954–1957), he worked with the era's top comedy writers (Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon), and one chapter echoes the chortles and chaos of the famed Writers' Room (later recreated in films by Brooks, Reiner and S...

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But his autobiography is puny and tin-eared, full of puffery utterly uncharacteristic of the man, such as, ''Imogene [Coca, his costar] and I became television's royal couple in the early 1950s.'' The stuff about his famous ''Writers' Room,'' in which Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Neil Simon,...

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Among them are Caesar's upbringing, his wondrous marriage, his meteoric rise to fame, the behind-the-scenes of his three hit shows ("The Admiral Broadway Revue," "Your Show of Shows," and "Caesar's Hour") and the years that followed his retirement from prime-time TV.

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