Show This Week

May 20, 2017

1226.) Vintage: The third and final part of my tribute to Sid Caesar focuses on his years doing Caesar’s Hour (1954-57). At that point, Sid and his writers knew well what would work on the program, so the sketches are less rough and more refined, but there is still a marvelous amount of timeless comedy. This ranges from sitcom-type sketches with Sid and Nanette Fabray as a married couple to wonderfully imaginative parodies of popular musical genres. Sid returned to prime time in the Sixties for a short while, but the material from the Fifties is his lasting legacy, and two of the sketches excerpted on tonight’s show are among my all-time faves.