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Sid Caesar, an appreciation: Making light of civility's fragility
Sid Caesar, an appreciation: Making light of civility's fragility

Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was a giant and genius of television. He came into the medium, in 1949, when it was still molten. He helped shape TV comedy, even as TV, with its new technical demands and advantages, shaped his work. Milton Berle, the man called Mr. Television, had started in TV the year before; but Berle, 14 years Caesar's senior and in vaudeville since age 12, was already an old pro. Caesar, whose television debut was in fact on Berle's "Texaco Star Theater," was a fast-rising newcomer, much of whose previous work had been under the auspices of the Coast Guard. (His first film was the 1946 Coast Guard revue "Tars and...

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