Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows

The Birth of the Television Sketch Comedy Series

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About the Book

In the early days of television, “comedy” often meant stale vaudeville routines and stand-up. Then, in 1950, a new comedy-variety show debuted on NBC—Your Show of Shows. Its gifted and mercurial star, Sid Caesar, talented ensemble cast and superb writing staff—including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin—would create comedy designed for the new medium and provide a template for successful shows that followed. With rare illustrations and the most complete sketch guide yet compiled, this book highlights Caesar’s reputation as a brilliant comic actor and describes the writing and production of the weekly live broadcast that kept 60 million TV viewers home on Saturday nights.

About the Author(s)

Karen Harvey is a retired professor of history whose previous publications include a monograph and essays on Catholics in 18th-century Ireland and numerous journal articles on the Scots-Irish in colonial America. She lives in Manhattan.

Bibliographic Details

Karen J. Harvey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: Ca. 15 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7149-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4183-6
Imprint: McFarland