The Comedic Genius of Sid Caesar: 7 Clips You Can Actually Watch on YouTube


Comedy is hard. And when it comes to the best TV work of the late Sid Caesar, it can also be hard to find. The 2001 Sid Caesar Collection, comprising about six hours of skits and reminiscences, is not immediately available on Amazon, though it can be ordered from the Fandom store. So we cheer the video scavengers who have posted sketches from Caesar’s first TV exposure on the 1949 Admiral Broadway Revue and from his two magnificent series, Max Liebman’s Your Show of Shows (1950-54) and Caesar’s Hour (1954-58).

Flanked by his clever cohorts Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris — with Nanette Fabray gamely replacing Coca on Caesar’s Hour — and performing material written by such comedy giants as Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and (toward the end) Woody Allen, Caesar demonstrated his power and range as TV’s preeminent…

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