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June 06, 1986 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-06

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those who knew him from Your
Show of Shows." Caesar's puta-
tive power stemmed not just
from the ratings — Sid Caesar
was a physically powerful 'man,
who once held writer Mel
Brooks upside down outside a
window, threatening to dump
him on the pavement stories be-
low.
There were other stores — of
Caesar bellowing, yelling, rip-
ping out pipes in the urinal. "I
was kind of crazy," he says now.
"It took that kind of craziness to
create such a hit show. But I
found out that you don't have to
punish yourself to be creative."

Those who worked with him
on that show of shows believe
that also. In fact, his writers —
a bunch of "unknowns" such as
Brooks, Carl Reiner, Woody Al-
len, Neil Simon — have gone on
to their own just rewards and
awards.
Happy now, Caesar has exor-
cised the demons that drove him,
some 30 years ago. Indeed, It's a
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World
was more than a title for one of
his subsequent film hits; it was
the world Caesar lived in. "I
was very mad at myself."
That anger must have been
brewing a long time; Caesar got
started in the business 50 years
ago, performing as a sax player
in the Catskills. His first show
was "Tars and Spars," a paean
to the Coast Guard directed by
Max Liebman, who recognized
Caesar's sizable talents and
signed him to "Make Mine
Manhattan" in 1949.
In the 37 years since, Caesar
has made the world his, thanks
to many movie and television
roles. His most recent television
appearance was on HBO's
"Comic Relief," the benefit for
this country's homeless in which
Caesar recreated his notorious
German professor.
It was good getting back in
front of a national audience,
concedes Caesar, who also had
done a "Saturday Night Live"
stint last season.
But he isn't about to laugh at
what he view' as the diminished
need for comedians. "Sketches
are going out, it's a shame," he
says. "It's a stand-up life in a
sitcom world."
Not all is lost, however.
Caesar is preparing "Land of the
Free and Home of the Bottom
Line," the basis for a possible
Broadway show about "Your
Show of Shows."
"I have so many projects going
— and I'm very grateful. I ap-
preciate things," he says. One of
those projects is a sequel to his
best seller of a couple of years
ago, Where Have I Been? which
detailed his bouts with booze
and pills.
That sequel, appropriately ti-
tled, is How to Make Friends
With Yourself.
Caesar has once again bef-
riended the world. "Laughter is
still the very best medicine,"
says the man with the refillable
prescription.

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