Sid Caesar passed away today.
He was a genius.
He was funnier than funny.
Hands down one of the most brilliant comedic talents ever. His face alone could destroy. Add to that the clockwork-like timing and amazing multi-national gibberish dialects, Sid was nothing less than a comedic supernova.
Sid is the reason why Howard Morris came to be in entertainment. Sid picked Howard to be a star on one of the most brilliant TV shows ever. Without Sid and his keen eye, Ernest T. Bass and numerous other Howie Morris characters may never have been born.
Sid spread funny out to all of his cast members and writers to be funny, funnier than they had ever been before. Sid set the bar for funny very high, and in my view it remains the high watermark for comedic TV.
I suggest taking a few minutes to watch this clip in it’s entirety. It is a true comedy clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNbT9Lf9xZo
Thank you, Sid, for everything you did for my father, and the entire world.