Synopsis by Mark Deming
As the producer and star of two of the most popular television comedy shows of the 1950's -- Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour -- Sid Caesar gave some of the great men of American comedy their start as writers, including Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Larry Gelbart. The Sid Caesar Collection: Inside The Writer's Room offers a look into how the show's classic sketches were created and how this team of top writers learned to work together. Along with interviews with the members of Caesar's stellar writing staff, this video includes some of the best loved sketches from Caesar's shows, including The German General, in which Sid shows off his gift for accented double-talk; Aggravation Boulevard, a parody of Sunset Boulevard; a pantomime routine, Boy At His First Dance, and a comic song and dance routine, What Is Jazz?, featuring Chita Rivera and Jack Cole. The video also features the stock company from Caesar's shows, including Imogene Coca, Nannette Fabray, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris.
actor, comedian, highlights, interview, skits, writer