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Thanks For the Memories: An Interview with Richard Zoglin on Bob Hope

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Regina Weinreich

In his long dynamic career, Bob Hope's story resonates as a cultural history of the last decade: a rags-to-riches immigrant, he was a pioneer in vaude...

The 2014 Emmys: An Okay Show, But Was It Really Appropriate to Single Out Robin Williams?

Michael Russnow | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I think the producers sometimes succumb to the emotion of the moment and don't stop to think that in honoring one in the manner they did for Williams it does a huge disservice to those who are shown for a second or so with an 8x10 glossy.

3 Easy Ways To Laugh More Every Day

Cathy Chester | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

To every comedian who has ever given us hours of fun and laughter, I say a sincere thank you. You have given us a great gift, one that may add years to our lives.

The Ultimate Southern California Movie: Criterion Restores It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World to Its Full Glory

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

Most SoCal residents are sedate, middle-class people with just a hint of craziness to them -- that quiet spark that drove them long ago to pack up and leave the East Coast/Midwest/Deep South to pursue their pot of gold right here in the Golden State. And this brings us to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Conan & Mel Brooks Remember Sid Caesar

Posted 02.19.2014 | Comedy

Conan O'Brien spent most of his Tuesday show reminiscing with Mel Brooks about the legend that was Sid Caesar. When Caesar's death was announced la...

Peter O'Toole and Sid Caesar: Two Fallen Redwoods

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Dennis Palumbo

O'Toole and Caesar were larger than life personalities. Famous for their struggles with alcohol, they were willing to live life on their own terms -- even when the consequences caused them more grief than glory.

Farewell To Sid Caesar--Comic Icon And One Of "The Boys"

Marlo Thomas | Posted 04.16.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

This week, comedian, writer and television pioneer Sid Caesar died at his home in Beverly Hills -- my old neighborhood. He was 91 years old. The countless tributes that have been running since Wednesday are a testament to the seismic impact Sid had on the entertainment industry. From his landmark TV program, "Your Show of Shows" -- which pretty much wrote the book on how to bring funny to television -- to the countless zany characters he embodied on nightclub stages across the country, Sid not only knew where the funny bone was, he was a sharpshooter in hitting it.

Farewell To Sid Caesar--Comic Icon And One Of "The Boys"

Marlo Thomas | Posted 04.16.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

This week, comedian, writer and television pioneer Sid Caesar died at his home in Beverly Hills -- my old neighborhood. He was 91 years old. The countless tributes that have been running since Wednesday are a testament to the seismic impact Sid had on the entertainment industry. From his landmark TV program, "Your Show of Shows" -- which pretty much wrote the book on how to bring funny to television -- to the countless zany characters he embodied on nightclub stages across the country, Sid not only knew where the funny bone was, he was a sharpshooter in hitting it.

Talking Comedy and Television With Sid Caesar

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Barbara Isenberg

"Plain luck is that you were in the right place with the right people at the right time. Then the rest is up to you. Laughs are not insured."

'Everything Anybody's Doing In Comedy Today, You Can Probably Trace It All Back To Sid Caesar'

Posted 02.13.2014 | Comedy

After learning that Sid Caesar had passed away on Wednesday, Conan gave a short and sweet tribute to the comedy legend, encouraging young people to ch...

All Hail Caesar

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

Immediately he stopped rambling and, turning on a dime, instantly began speaking in fake Italian double-talk. And it was freaking brilliant. Absolutely hysterical. The entire theater was uproarious.

Why Even Young People Need To Know About Sid Caesar's Amazing Life

David Kanegis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

I salute you Sid Caesar and thank you for your contributions to widening, enlightening and enhancing the fabric of American society.

Sid Caesar's 'Great Sense Of The Absurd'

The Huffington Post | Jason Hughes | Posted 02.13.2014 | Entertainment

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 pioneer...

Sid Caesar: A Tortured Genius's Long Legacy

David Margolick | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
David Margolick

Preserved only on grainy kinescopes (though not by NBC, which had chucked them), Sid Caesar's creations were never recycled. So millions of viewers today don't know of his legacy. Or think they don't. In fact, they see it every night.

Celebrities React To Sid Caesar's Death

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Celebrity

Celebrities react to the passing of TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar Wednesday at 91 at his home in Los Angeles: — "From my vantage point, which was so...

Sid Caesar Dies At 91

Posted 02.12.2014 | Celebrity

Comedic legend Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91, reports Larry King. On Wednesday (Feb. 12) King took to Twitter to express his condolences an...

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

When Comedy Went to School: The Catskills Were a Boot Camp for the Greatest Generation of Comedians

Kristin McCracken | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.

The Right Girl in the Right Place at the Right Time

George Heymont | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Like many young men who were starting to embrace their homosexuality, I derived intense pleasure from one of the pictures near the back of the book in which an aging Belle Poitrine (Jeri Archer) looks up at the packed crotch of some faceless stud clad in a Speedo.

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: American Master at the 92 Street Y

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If this were Dutch Masters instead of American Masters, I'd have a box of cigars, gripes Mel Brooks about the enterprise of including a documentary ab...

Strangers in Strange Lands

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

While the playwright has an interesting point to make, The Internationalist demands a tremendous amount of work for a very limited return on investment.

Why the Sublime Schtick of Sid Caesar Still Matters

Aaron Sorkin | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Aaron Sorkin

I hope as the Huffington Post launches its coverage of television they remember that at any given hour in the day, there are about 600 choices of what to watch. 599 of them will be bad -- one of them will be Sid Caesar.

Bust a Hip -- Marlo Thomas Makes Us Fall Over Laughing

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thelma Adams

"God bless a sense of humor." If Marlo Thomas' book has any message at all, it's that, because to have a sense of humor means you have a real chance at living a happier life.

Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner: Still Kings of Comedy

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

"We didn't know if they were after Communists, Jews, or just short people." With that great one-liner, Mel Brooks, the funniest man in the world, defused -- no, ridicules -- the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s.

Larry Gelbart -- RIP ... Make The Heavens Laugh

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Young

Mostly a writer behind the scenes, Larry had the timing and performance of a great standup. I will miss his writing, but most of all I will miss him. A good guy with a brilliant sense of humor and great human compassion.