|This is me with comedy legend and television pioneer Sid Caesar back stage at a Friars club tribute in his honor where I was among those invited to perform.
I was honored to have been asked, and to prepare, I did some homework days before the show where I went to the Museum of Television and Broadcasting in NY to go through tapes of “Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows,” and the “Caesar’s Hour.” These were among the first shows ever on television and were the precursors to current sketch comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live.” They also boasted probably the most legendary pool of writing talent ever. Some of Caesar’s writers were Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil and Danny Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen.
I opened my show by explaining that since I was the youngest person on the line up, I was not familiar with Sid Caesar’s early work. To me, his early work was when he played the coach in the movie “Grease.”
One of the most poignant compliments of my career was when after the show Mr. Caesar came up to me, began imitating a small piece from my act, pointed at me and said, “You’re very funny, stick with it, you’re going to make it.” As my mother would say, “From his lips to God’s ears.”