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Sid Caesar passed away yesterday and I've only just now found out about it. A very sad day. I loved this man. We watched his SHOW OF SHOWS and later the SID CAESAR SHOW religiously when I was a kid growing up in Manhattan. Sid and his brilliant troop of loonies never failed to make us laugh until we cried or fell off the sofa or both.
I was fortunate enough to have a brief chat with Sid (on the phone) when once he appeared on the Phil Donahue Show. I was totally awestruck and inane, but it is a treasured memory. I got a chance to tell Sid that his opera skits featuring the entire cast spouting/singing gibberish were not only hysterically funny but were, in some weird way, what got me interested in learning about real opera once upon a time. He was surprised but I think, I hope, delighted.
I loved this man.
Rest in peace, Sid. You were the best of the best.