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Born Sept. 8, 1922, in Yonkers, N.Y., wisecracking funnyman Sid Caesar perfected his knack for mimicry while waiting tables at his parents' restaurant. A skilled saxophonist, he took classes at Juilliard and pursued a career in music before branching out into comedy.

Beginning in 1950, the now-classic "Your Show of Shows" paired the comic with fellow entertainers Imogene Coca, Howard Morris and Carl Reiner, serving as a blueprint for future sketch-comedy series such as "Saturday Night Live." For 90 minutes every weekend, Caesar and his cohorts created memorable skits and colorful characters, including his over-the-top portrayal of a living, breathing Thanksgiving turkey.

The two-time Emmy winner endeared himself to a new generation of fans as Rydell High School's good-natured Coach Calhoun in the hit movie-musical Grease (1978) and its sequel, Grease 2 (1982). Caesar died Feb. 12, 2014, at the age of 91.

Sid Caesar in History of the World: Part 1

History of the World: Part 1

1981 R

Mel Brooks's comic genius is unleashed in spades in this episodic spoof of history's seminal moments (narrated by Orson Welles), which begins with a brilliant send-up of the cinematic classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Brooks goes on to lampoon the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition and ends with a clever takeoff on the French Revolution. The all-star-cast includes Gregory Hines, Madeleine Kahn, Dom DeLuise and Harvey Korman.

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