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Woody Allen's Sixties Stand-Up Albums Reissued

22 September 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The recordings Woody Allen made of his comedy routines in the mid-Sixties will once again be available at an affordable price. November 25th will see the release of a comprehensive two-disc set – The Stand-Up Years: 1964 – 1968 – which will contain everything from the three records Allen released in the Sixties, along with a previously unreleased routine and more bonus audio. The additional material comprises 25 minutes of excerpts from the 2012 film Woody Allen: A Documentary, in which he discusses how stand-up comedy changed his life, as well as liner notes by the documentary's producer and director, »

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Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dies

19 August 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Don Pardo, whose voice was heard for 38 seasons on Saturday Night Live, died Monday. He was 96. The announcer did voiceover work for SNL's opening montage, and he also contributed to several sketches. Pardo was born on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass., and grew up in Norwich, Conn. After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo moved to New York City in 1944 to begin his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC. He was an announcer for radio shows such as "Front Page Farrell" and "Pepper Young's Family." He eventually transitioned into television, announcing for Caesar's Hour, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, The Kate Smith Evening Hour, Macy's »

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'Warehouse 13' final season premiere; 'Conan' pays tribute to Sid Caesar

15 February 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

TV news and notes:

- "Warehouse 13" will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.

- "Conan" will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday's (Feb. 18) show when Conan O'Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.

- Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, "In the Spotlight." Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of "American Idol." [Deadline]

- "Dallas" fans know the Ewings don't fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas -- and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Remembering Sid Caesar

14 February 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

The death of funnyman Sid Caesar leaves precious few legends remaining from the Golden Age of American television comedy. Caesar was one of the giants of 1950s TV and his series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour were considered training grounds for future legendary comedy writers such as Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Mel Brooks,  Larry Gelbart Neil Simon and Woody Allen. Caesar also appeared in many feature films including a leading role in the blockbuster 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. In the 1960s, however, his career was derailed due to his personal demons such as battles with alcoholism and substance abuse. By the 1980s, he had conquered these weaknesses and found a welcome audience still respectful of his talents. His other feature film appearances include The Busy Body, The Spirit is Williing, Grease and Silent Movie. Click here to read more about his remarkable career.   »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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Sid Caesar obituary

13 February 2014 10:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American TV's great comedian of the 1950s

Early on in their careers, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks all produced gags for the American comedian Sid Caesar, who has died aged 91. "Writing for Caesar was the highest thing you could aspire to," said Allen, adding: "at least as a TV comedy writer. The presidency was above that." Simon later based the play Laughter on the 23rd Floor on his experiences of working for Caesar's popular variety programme Your Show of Shows (1950-54), and Reiner's time with Caesar inspired him to create The Dick Van Dyke Show.

At the height of his fame in the 1950s, Caesar was making more than $1m a year and Your Show of Shows was drawing audiences of up to 25 million. Broadway theatre owners complained that as a result of his popularity, they always had empty seats on Saturday nights – the »

- Christopher Hawtree

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Sid Caesar, comedy legend, dies at 91

12 February 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

One of the first-ever television stars, Sid Caesar, died Wednesday (Feb. 12) at age 91. Caesar's longtime friend Carl Reiner confirmed the death to Reuters, saying that the comedian had been ill for a year.

Caesar's groundbreaking series "Your Show of Shows" began in 1950, airing 90 minutes of live sketch comedy 39 weeks every year, paving the way for shows like "Saturday Night Live" to thrive today.

The show's name later changed to "Caesar's Hour," and ran until the late 1950s, winning Caesar two Emmys in the process. He then worked on Broadway, in comedy clubs and in films -- including "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Grease" (Coach Calhoun!) and "Silent Movie," Variety recounts.

Caesar's friend Larry King was one of the first to report the news, tweeting his condolences. "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him, »

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Watch: Five Clips From the Legendary Comedy Career of Sid Caesar

12 February 2014 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Television legend Sid Caesar, the actor and writer behind the iconic '50s comedy series "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," passed away earlier today at the age 91. The hugely influential Caesar pioneered the small screen sketch form, and brought together the likes of Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca, Lucille KallenHoward Morris, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Michael Stewart and Mel Tolkin as performers and writers. Caesar and "Your Show of Shows" were also the inspiration for "My Favorite Year" and "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." In honor of his achievements, Indiewire has complied a video list of some of his best sketches. Check them out below:  1. This is Your Story In this clip from "Your Show of Shows," Caesar mocks the well-known NBC series "This Your Life," which was hosted by Ralph Edwards and featured him bringing in guests and together going through their lives with appearances being made by their family and friends. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Watch: Five Clips From the Legendary Comedy Career of Sid Caesar

12 February 2014 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Television legend Sid Caesar, the actor and writer behind the iconic '50s comedy series "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," passed away earlier today at the age 91. The hugely influential Caesar pioneered the small screen sketch form, and brought together the likes of Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca, Lucille KallenHoward Morris, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Michael Stewart and Mel Tolkin as performers and writers. Caesar and "Your Show of Shows" were also the inspiration for "My Favorite Year" and "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." In honor of his achievements, Indiewire has complied a video list of some of his best sketches. Check them out below:  1. This is Your Story In this clip from "Your Show of Shows," Caesar mocks the well-known NBC series "This Your Life," which was hosted by Ralph Edwards and featured him bringing in guests and together going through their lives with appearances being made by their family and friends. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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All Hail: Sid Caesar, 1922–2014

12 February 2014 1:40 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sid Caesar peaked just a little too early for his work to be branded into baby boomers' brains. His Your Show of Shows (and its immediate successor, Caesar's Hour; collectively, they ran from 1950 to 1957) was broadcast live and wasn't aired much in reruns. Most recordings of those episodes were destroyed, too, before NBC knew what it had. His legacy comes down to us in scraps, and then a long tail of movie roles (most prominent, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Grease, and Grease 2), in which he was okay but not at his best. In the back half of his career, he fought a prescription-drug problem that sapped his ability to work, and by the time he got healthy, he was aging out of the business. Still, just enough of his earlier stuff exists to make one thing extremely clear: Sid Caesar, not Milton Berle, invented TV comedy »

- Christopher Bonanos

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Legendary Comedian & 'Grease' Star Sid Caesar Has Passed Away at 91

12 February 2014 1:07 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following news that former iconic child star Shirley Temple had passed away, another iconic star from Hollywood's rich history is gone. THR reports legendary comedian and star of film and television, Sid Caesar, has passed away at 91. Caesar's friend and collaborator Carl Reiner confirmed the news, though a cause of death was not given. Reiner said, "Inarguably he was the greatest single monologist and skit comedian we ever had. Television owes him a debt of gratitude for his pioneering work and the great shows he gave us all. Render onto Caesar what is his due. He deserves real applause from the American people." While Caesar is best known for his television work, especially his Saturday night variety shows "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," it's important to note that without these programs, we might never have gotten some of filmmaking's finest talents like Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Hail Caesar: Memories of comedy legend Sid Caesar

12 February 2014 1:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sid Caesar, who died today at 91, was a giant, in every sense of the word. He was 6'2", and at his early '50s peak as the star of "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," he was such an impressive physical specimen that when he would impersonate Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire," he made Brando seem puny. He was also one of the first, and greatest, comedy stars in television history, and perhaps its greatest talent scout. He was the man who saw something in Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart and put »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Comedy Legend Sid Caesar Dies

12 February 2014 12:52 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Emmy-winning comedy legend Sid Caesar, best known for his weekly live TV broadcast Your Show of Shows in the '50s and such films as Grease and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, has died. He was 91.

Emmy-winning comedy legend Sid Caesar, best known for his weekly live TV broadcast Your Show of Shows in the '50s and such films as Grease and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, has died. He was 91.

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Born September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, NY, Caesar pioneered sketch comedy with partner Imogene Coca on the 90-minute Your Show of Shows (with the help of comedy writers that eventually made names for themselves, including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen), later renamed Caesar's Hour, and then with his own special, The Sid Caesar Show. The next 20 years of his career were unfortunately marred by alcoholism and pills, a "20-year »

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Sid Caesar Dead -- Comedy Legend Dies At 91

12 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Comedian Sid Caesar -- one of the kings of television comedy in the 1950s -- has died at the age of 91.Caesar came out of the Catskills comedy circuit ... hitting the big time in the early days of TV with his variety program, "Your Show of Shows" ... and later, "Caesar's Hour."He often starred alongside comedienne Imogene Coca ... and many of his writers -- Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Woody Allen -- went »

- TMZ Staff

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