Sid Caesar Collection – 3 Volume Gift Boxed Set

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So Jackie Chan doesn’t use stunt men? Big deal. In the 1950s, Sid Caesar and a peerless ensemble of character actors, including Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and later, Nanette Fabray, dared something even more risky and dangerous: making an audience of millions laugh each week, 39 weeks a year, for 90 minutes without benefit of cue cards, teleprompters, or laugh track. It was the golden age of live television, and Your Show of Shows was the gold standard of sket… More >>

Sid Caesar Collection – 3 Volume Gift Boxed Set

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  1. Caesar was and still is a genius at comedy. But neither he nor his partners in the “Show of Shows” has to tell us that. This set is a true public service. Anyone who has seen ‘The Show of Shows” will get a kick out of this selection. But there’s one thing missing: some of the side-spliting skits in which Imogene Coca appeared. I remember one in which Sid and she were “Cave-men” which should have been included. My only reservation of this collection is just that: not enough Imogene and too much self-praise in the interviews collected for this issue.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Watching this is not just enjoyable, but a lesson on America from the time period. The sketches show the changing roles of women, the changes in the workplace, and language differences that are fascinating.

    What I like about the skits would be even with terrible things happening, there’s a happy ending, or at least something positive.

    The talent of the cast is incredible, and the interviews in which they share insights are a must.

    Highly recommended.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. When “Your Show of Shows” aired in the early 50’s, I was 15 years old. I thought it was the funniest variety show I had ever seen. This was in the heyday of Uncle Miltie and Jackie Gleason. I loved them all, but the one I loved the most was the great Sid Caesar and his peerless ensemble cast of comic geniuses and writers, which included the brilliant Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and, among the writers, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon and Larry Gelbart. What a line-up! I lived for Saturday nights when these wonderful people did what no one since then has done so well. Everything they did was screamingly funny, and the high level of comic madness they sustained has never been equaled since. It truly was a golden age, and those of us who were priviledged to see it live were blessed beyond measure. Thank God these priceless treasures were preserved for future generations. If you never buy another DVD set, let this be your last one.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I wasn’t much of a Sid Caesar fan until I saw parts of “The Sid Caesar Collection” as a fund-raiser for PBS. I had never watched his shows in my childhood, but after seeing several sketches this time around, I absolutely had to have the whole set!
    A few months later I bought the second boxed set, called “The Fan Favorites.” I play a tape every day — a great mood lifter.
    It is said that Sid Caesar owns probably 400 sketches from “The Admiral Broadway Revue,” “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” in kinescope (thank heaven they were preserved!) and I hope someday they will all become available. (Admiral, by the way, was an early TV manufacturer, and the story is that their “Broadway Revue” was so successful they had to cancel it in order to save their financial resources for supplying the huge new demand for TV sets.)
    The Caesar sketches are the first of their kind and have many descendents but no equals. For example, check out “The Five-Dollar Date” (dated January 1949, when he was 26), a solo masterpiece from this first collection. What comedian does such virtuoso work today?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. What a wonderful idea to put these tapes out. I finally got to see again what I grew up on. I love the fact that I can show my grandchildren what I consider to be “classic comedy”. There are so many great scenes that I had forgotten about until I watched the tapes. My children have been talking about the new TV shows coming out this season, but now I can finally show them how much better my shows were in the `50s. What a brilliant man Sid Caesar was…to think that he did every show live & uncensored. That’s true talent in my opinion. I highly recommend this set to anyone of any age.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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