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Sid Caesar, who pioneered TV sketch comedy during the 1950s as the star and creative force of "Your Show of Shows," a launch pad for the likes of Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen and an inspiration to generations of comedians, died on Wednesday.NBC aired the show from February 1950 to June 1954 .It is widely considered the prototype for every U.S. TV sketch comedy series that followed, including "Saturday Night Live".The series became a hit because of the comic chemistry between Caesar and Coca, a former vaudeville performer nearly 14 years his senior, who died in 2001 at age 92 .Caesar, a tall, strapping presence, acknowledged he once was so angry at Brooks that he grabbed the diminutive writer and dangled him from a hotel window by his ankles.Reiner later drew on his experiences with Caesar as material for the TV sitcom classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
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