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Mel Brooks to honor Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

Mel Brooks is set to appear on Conan next week to share stories of his late friend, Sid Caesar. The legendary TV comedian passed away earlier this week, and Conan O’Brien is honoring him on his show Tuesday night. Brooks will be there for most of the show to talk about being Caesar’s friend, and also about working with Caesar — Brooks was a writer for ’50s variety show Your Show of Shows, which Caesar starred in. Last year, O’Brien had Brooks on his Serious Jibber-Jabber web series for an hour-long chat.

Tune in to TBS on Tuesday at 11 p.m. to see Brooks and O’Brien pay tribute.

Sid Caesar dies at age 91

Sid Caesar, at once one of the greatest improvisors and one of the most rigorous sketch-comedy artists in television history, has died at the age of 91. His friend Larry King revealed Caesar’s passing Wednesday on Twitter.

Caesar was a modest dynamo, a man who disappeared into his comedy as though it was his escape from reality. A New York-born nightclub performer, he helped to usher in the dawn of the TV revolution. His 90-minute Saturday night variety program, Your Show of Shows, premiered in 1950. The live broadcast became a hit that lasted four years and immediately morphed into Caesar’s Hour, from 1954 to 1957. Eddy Friedfeld

The legendary writing staff of Your Show of Shows included Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, and Larry Gelbart (the latter would go on to adapt M*A*S*H for TV). They wrote sketches that played off Caesar’s tall, broad-shouldered physique, casting him as everyone from Tarzan to blustering military types. (Brooks’ famous description of Caesar: “He could punch a Buick in the grille and kill it.”) READ FULL STORY

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