Goodbye, comedian of comedians.
Sid Caesar died today at the age of 91. With his live variety shows Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, Caesar pioneered American sketch comedy in the 1950s, while fostering the talents of such writers as Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Carl Reiner. His influence can still be felt in many popular sketch shows today, including Saturday Night Live (which unfortunately also sometimes mimics his proclivity for 12-minute sketches).
In the sketch above, Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray pantomime a married couple having an argument to the tune of Beethoven's 5th on Caesar's Hour.
(by Shira Rachel Danan)