Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sid Caesar: Health Food Restaurant


Health Food Restaurant: Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca in a comedy sketch that is as relevant today as it was in the early 1950s, when it was first shown on TV on “Your Show of Shows.”  A classic line is: “I don’t want to experiment. …I don’t want to feel better; I want to feel full.” Sid Caesar [born as Isaac Sidney Caesar  in 1922 in Yonkers, New York–died in 2014 in Beverly Hills, California], was, as Wikipedia states, “an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering 1950s live television series: Your Show of Shows [NBC; 1950–54], which was a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor, Caesar’s Hour [NBC; 1954–1957].” 
    As to the importance of Sid Caesar in the shaping and influencing of modern American comedy, consider what one site (“Stuff Nobody Cares About”) says: “What Sid Caesar accomplished besides entertaining millions with his hilarious sketches that the common man could relate to, was to bring together a staff of talent that influences modern comedy to this day. The writing and performing staff included Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Lucille Kallen, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Danny Simon, Mel Tolkin and Larry Gelbart. It is no exaggeration to say the annals of comedy would not have been the same without Sid Caesar.” True enough.
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