Ten Questions:
Your interview with Sid Caesar

We asked you, the Internet audience to send us your questions for Sid, and boy, did we get email! Thank you all for the response. The hardest part of this project was narrowing down the questions to ten. Interviewing Sid with your questions was wonderful. We've been working together for over a year, and I still learned new things! Many of you sent personal messages to Sid, which aren't listed here. But I read them all to Sid, and it meant a lot to him. Sid's answers to your questions are posted in both Quicktime and RealAudio files. Coming soon is the text transcription. So here goes, Ten From the Genius of Your Show of Shows!

1.   Al Covaia asks, "To what does Sid attribute his phenomenal ability--at a moment's notice--to mimic with astonishing accuracy, any voice, accent or physical attribute?"

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2.   Bob Smith wonders, "Was there anything he wanted to do on the shows for NBC that the network [censors] didn't want to let him do? And did he win some of those battles?"

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3.   Tom Hudson questions, "How did Sid feel about working with Mel Brooks as his Director (in Silent Movie) after having been his "boss" all those years earlier?"

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4.   Louis Proyect tells us, "I grew up in Woodridge, New York not far from the Avon Lodge, where Sid worked as a waiter and a tummler. I have read that people at the hotel, including Sid, used to put on productions of Odets plays and other socially aware revues. I wonder how important that experience was to his latter development as an artist."

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5.   Richard Kummins relays the following story, "When my friends kids were little, and also with my own 2 kids, they always rode on my leg as Howard Morris (Uncle Goopy) did with Sid on the 'This is your story' sketch, and the kids knew that it came from a TV show in the '50s. I never thought I'd be able to actually show it to them, but last Saturday I sat them down, and they saw the real Uncle Goopy. We all were hysterical with laughter. My question is - I recall another sketch where Sid was picked from the audience and didn't want to go on stage, and eventually the ushers had to unscrew the chair and carry him up. I'm convulsed just thinking about it. If my memory is still accurate, what sketch was that?"

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6.   Mark Panik wonders, "What show/actor/comedian does Sid enjoy watching today?"

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7.   Kathleen Rink reminisces, "I vividly remember a lecture Mr. Caesar gave at Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford during one of his book tours. Can't remember the book or the year. But he illustrated the concept of funny through a situation which he said very often starts with something very, very sad. This Aetna lecture, 20 odd years ago, still makes me laugh. I want to hear it again!"

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8.   Mark Ferman asks, "How much did his writing staff make during the high point on the show?"

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9.   Julie L. Miller questions, "How easy was it for the other players (Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca, and Howie Morris) to pick up on the dialects to perform the foreign film spoofs with you?"

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10.   Jill Richards wonders, "If you were casting a modern version of "Your Show Of Shows," is there anyone out there that you think would fit into that kind of cast?"

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