Why Did I Become a Comic? He Inspired Me

February 14, 2014 10:58 PM

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Why Did I Become a Comic? He Inspired Me

The death of Sid Caesar on Wednesday caused a chain reaction in my soon to be 66-year-old mind. I was saddened, of course, but felt a sense of relief that he was at last free from the indignity of aging. Then I felt a nostalgic breeze blowing over me as I remembered why he was so important to me.

Sixty years ago or so, we Crystals sat in front of our grainy Dumont black-and-white television set to watch “Your Show of Shows.” We gathered together religiously as a family to laugh at Sid Caesar and his all-stars, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Imogene Coca. They were doing a parody of “The King...

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