Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Mel Brooks and Woody Allen on Sid Caesar: A “Privilege” to Work with Him


Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, of course, each wrote for Sid Caesar. Brooks was part of “Your Show of Shows” and remains entwined in memory with Caesar and Carl Reiner (who at 90 just appeared in “Two and a Half Men”). Woody worked for Caesar in the late 50s on his TV specials with Danny Simon, brother of playwright Neil Simon.

Mel Brooks: “Sid Caesar was a giant—maybe the best comedian who every practiced the trade. And I was privileged to be one of his writers and one of his friends.”

Woody Allen: “He was one of the truly great comedians of my time and one of the finest privileges I’ve had in my entire career was that I was able to work for him.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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