Larry King broke the news via Twitter that his dear friend Sid Caesar had died at 91-years old. Caesar was a comedy legend and one of the true pioneers of television. During a visit to "Conan," King talked about the passing of his good friend, who was also a huge influence on a young Conan O'Brien.
"He was great. He wasn’t a monologist. He wasn’t telling jokes," King said. "He had a great sense of the absurd.” Caesar had a comedic voice all his own, and it was something television fans got to enjoy in the early days of live television. From 1950 to 1954, Caesar headlined his own 90-minute variety show with Imogene Coca, "Your Show of Shows." It was perhaps the most famous of a series of shows he starred in throughout the '50s.
O'Brien remembered his father taking him to see a movie that was comprised of various sketches from "Your Show of Shows" featuring Caesar. He said that seeing that film set him on the path of a career in comedy. He also encouraged anyone unfamiliar with Caesar's work to seek him out immediately.
We'll help get your started with this classic sketch from "Your Show of Shows."
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