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Comic legend Sid Caesar dead at age 91, says friend Carl Reiner

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:51 AM
Sid Caesar jokes with photographers following a luncheon celebrating NBC's 75th anniversary in Hollywood, California, in this April 11, 2002 file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of Your Show Of Shows during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner.

Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar's death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. He said the veteran entertainer had been ill for at least a year.

While he enjoyed a lengthy, if uneven, career in TV and film spanning six decades, Caesar may be best-remembered for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the landmark Your Show Of Shows, which aired on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954.

One of the most ambitious and demanding of all TV enterprises, Your Show Of Shows was 90 minutes of live, original sketch comedy airing every Saturday night, 39 weeks a year.

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