[Marxism] Sid Caesar, legendary comedian, dead at 91 | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 13 08:10:30 MST 2014

Sid Caesar died yesterday at the age of 91. The N.Y. Times obituary 
pays tribute to his remarkable breakthroughs as a comedian, who Alfred 
Hitchcock compared to Charlie Chaplin and who counted Albert Einstein as 
one of biggest fans. Speaking of Chaplin and Einstein, a couple of 
lefties, I can’t say I am surprised that the obit did not pay attention 
to Sid Caesar’s early leftist affinities. While they never were 
manifested in his hugely popular TV show, his evolution as a comic was 
definitely just as much a product of the New Deal popular culture as 
Pete Seeger’s.

I have a pretty strong connection to Sid Caesar even though I never 
spoke a word to him. This is partly a function of my being a young kid 
when he used to show up in Woodridge, my hometown, from time to time but 
also a function of his intimidating presence. He used to show up at the 
pharmacy next to my dad’s store “strapped”—he was heavily into guns. 
Plus, he was a big guy who gave off “don’t bother me” vibes. As it 
turned out, Sid was a health food nut even if he was not above 
developing a spoof on the bean sprout scene.


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