Sid Caesar reported dead
Sid Caesar was one of those unique comic talents who could do a thousand things well…but didn’t have to do anything to be funny.
He could just give you a look, and that was it.
That ability made him a great partner on screen. He didn’t need the funny lines to make it work, and he knew it.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t do elaborate characters. One notably geek-friendly part was that of “The Professor” (who had a variety of different names), an expert on, well, everything (and on obvious inspiration for Ludwig Von Drake).
He smashed into our living rooms doing live (!) comedy as the star of Your Show of Shows…that’s still my first thought when I hear his name. It was a brilliant show of wild inventiveness.
Geek-friendly roles include:
- Nick Lucifer (the devil himself) in General Electric Theater
- A TV movie version of The Mouse That Roared
- William Castle’s The Busy Body
- William Castle’s The Spirit Is Willing
- Good Heavens (a TV series with Carl Reiner as an angel)
- Curse of the Black Widow (with Patty Duke and June Lockhart)
- Neil Simon’s The Cheap Detective (a noir parody)
- America 2100 (a science fiction comedy)
- Please Don’t Eat the Planet (AKA Intergalactic Thanksgiving)
- The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
- Thanksgiving in Oz (as the Wizard)
- The Munsters’ Revenge
- Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part 1 (Brooks had been a writer on Your Show of Shows)
- Amazing Stories
- Alice in Wonderland (as the Gryphon…1985 TV movie with Red Buttons, Sammy Davis, Jr…and Scott Baio)
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- Comic Book: The Movie
Good-bye, Sid Caesar…the world has one less genius without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.