Thursday, June 13, 2024

Carl Reiner, Dick Cavett on Sid Caesar: “Genius” Performer with “Talent of 10 Men”


Carl Reiner has posted two Tweets about his friend of 60 years, Sid Caesar.

I spoke to Dick Cavett yesterday on the phone in New York. Cavett never worked for Caesar but knew him, and interviewed him on his talk show. Before that, Cavett had worked on The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

Carl Reiner:

Dick Cavett: “I met Carl in Lindy’s restaurant when it was really Lindy’s. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade came along. Sid was on a float! A few days later I went back and he was sitting there at Lindy’s. I went over, and said something sappy. He raised his hand and shook my hand, and went back to eating…
…I had him on my show even though he was a notorious bad talker. We did two half hours in Atlantic City. He was wonderful. Something about us together worked. At the end of it, he was so happy. He said, What a great interview!…
…I was once in a car with him, Jonathan Winters, Jimmy Durante and Dick Shawn. I was working on The Jerry Lewis Show and we were doing something on “It’s A Mad Mad World”…If we’d only made a video of it, it’s lost to the world…
…He was a genius performer. Enough talent for 10 men. That genius dexterity with language! He certainly inspired a lot of performers…His legacy was fabulous shows we can still watch…”

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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