TV legend Sid Caesar has died at 91. You may not be familiar with his work, but his early comedy shows like “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” paved the way for skit shows like Saturday Night Live and all the rest that came after it.
Your Show of Shows was a 90 minute program that ran in the ’50s for 39 episodes a year. It was a lot of pressure for Caesar, and though he struggled with substance dependence, he managed to create a great show year after year, and won two Emmys for his troubles.
“Sid Caesar was a giant — maybe the best comedian who every practiced the trade,” friend Mel Brooks said in a statement. “And I was privileged to be one of his writers and one of his friends.”
There is no official cause of death for Caesar, but at 91, there probably doesn’t even need to be one. It’s good to see that all his hard work was rewarded with a long and healthy life. His 67 year old wife passed away in 2010, and now he gets to join her.
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