I was born in 1952, the same year Sid Caesar first became a television star. It took a few years for me to grow up and catch on to the amazing comic Mr. Caesar was. The early days of television showcased some of the finest comedic talents our country ever produced and Sid Caesar is resting firmly atop the heap as the first great television comedian. His gift for generating laughter is legendary and still easily seen in videos of sketches from his show, Your Show of Shows.
If Sid Caesar is a man you somehow are unaware of it is time to become well acquainted to “The Charlie Chaplin of Television” (and, if you are over 20 and don’t know who Chaplin was, you are close to hopeless.)
It seems every day I am reminded of how different the world was in the 50’s. I suppose it would be as foreign to a current ten-year old as 1890 would have been to me when I was that age. There are treasures of my childhood and I can number among them master comics such as Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen, Imogene Coca, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Joan Davis, Phil Silvers, Jackie Gleason and a handful of others. There have been many great comedic stars since but, when all is said and done, the one great beacon of television comedy, the very touchstone of the art and craft was Sid Caesar.
His glory days are far behind us, but you owe it to yourself to rediscover them on the medium revolutionary we all use to communicate and share our world. Sid Caesar is all over You Tube. Go find him and laugh your ass off.