One of TV's first stars, Sid Caesar dies at 91
Rubber-faced comedian Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television, has died at the age of 91, Variety reports. His weekly live comedy program Your Show of Shows, was groundbreaking. Partnered with Imogene Coca, it broke out of the vaudeville mode and used longer skits and sketches written by a now-legendary writing staff that included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H*) on both Your Show of Shows and its successor, Caesar's Hour.
One of comedy's great improvisers, Caesar played characters ranging from Tarzan to gibberish-speaking Germans. For eight years, beginning in 1950, Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour cooked up a combination of skits and satire that Carl Reiner has said was the inspiration for The Dick Van Dyke Show.