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Sid Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, dies at age 91

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Sid Caesar

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LOS ANGELES — Innovative, influential comedy genius Sid Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, has died at age 91.

Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld says Caesar died early today.

Caesar’s two most important programs were Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour. He used them to display his incredible skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy.

He paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became comedy classics.

He attracted a stable of young writers who went on to highly successful careers of their own including Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner.

Caesar also appeared on Broadway and on the big screen in the 1963 comedy epic It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

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