Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner Salute Sid Ceasar Set
Nanette Fabray and Sid reprise their roles as Nan and Bob Victor, “The Commuters,”
in three funny and poignant sketches that offer a perspective on married suburban
life: “Nan Hires a Maid,” “Fur Coat,” and “The White
Rug.” In “A Drunk There Was,” which was based on Stella Dallas,
Sid plays a man who succumbs to the effects of “demon rum.” “What
is Jazz” features a performance art piece choreographed by the great Jack Cole.
“Mata Hari” showcases the Your Show Of Shows team’s doubletalk skills.
In “Pantomime of a Trained Seal,” “The Toy Band” and “Grieg
Piano Concerto,” Sid and Imogene are brilliant at the art of creating something
amazing from nothing. “The Health Food Restaurant” parodies the nascent
and now ingrained health food craze. And “The Professor on Self Defense”
and “The Professor on Magic” are two more sketches featuring the master-of-everything-but-expert-on-nothing,
being expertly interviewed by roving reporter Carl Reiner. Lastly, “Take-a-Kuki
Productions Presents Ubetu” took its name from the acclaimed Japanese film Ugetsu
by the legendary Kenji Mizoguchi. In 1949, television was an infant technology. No
one knew how long it would last ... or whether it would last at all. A 27-year-old
Broadway star, along with a team of writers and performers who would become legendary,
including Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil
Simon, and Woody Allen, revolutionized sketch comedy by telling stories rooted in
the human condition. They redefined television sketch comedy, and paved the way for
landmark comedy shows like Saturday Night Live.
Sid Caesar – The Works is a comprehensive collection of the best work of Caesar and his teams, beginning with The Admiral Broadway Review, through Your Show Of Shows and Caesar's Hour, and featuring many interviews and extras, including the 2014 Paley Center For Media Tribute with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Billy Crystal.