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April 30, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner , joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as moderating host, it was the inaugural event in #Comedyfest, a collaboration between Twitter and Comedy Central that will continue through Friday and includes the premiere of the new series "Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with star Schumer live-tweeting)
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March 29, 2014 | By Susan King
Carl Reiner wakes up each morning with the same thought - it's time to start writing. It's still the top priority for the Emmy Award-winning funny man who created the landmark CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," wrote and directed such comedy film favorites as 1970's "Where's Poppa?," 1977's "Oh , God!" and 1979's "The Jerk" and who, along with his lifetime friend Mel Brooks, performed the "2000 Year Old Man" routines. "I get to my computer and I either play solitaire or do some tweets," said Reiner (who, for the record, has more than 62,000 Twitter followers)
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March 29, 2014 | By Susan King
Carl Reiner wakes up each morning with the same thought - it's time to start writing. It's still the top priority for the Emmy Award-winning funny man who created the landmark CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," wrote and directed such comedy film favorites as 1970's "Where's Poppa?," 1977's "Oh , God!" and 1979's "The Jerk" and who, along with his lifetime friend Mel Brooks, performed the "2000 Year Old Man" routines. "I get to my computer and I either play solitaire or do some tweets," said Reiner (who, for the record, has more than 62,000 Twitter followers)
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February 12, 2014 | By Dennis McLellan
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny . A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s. Some of the best writers - Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks - vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1990 | DANA KENNEDY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carl Reiner was in an especially jovial mood the other day during one leg of a daunting, nationwide promotion tour for his new film, "Sibling Rivalry," that would have tired a man half his age. But Reiner, tall, trim and as busy as ever at 68, still looks a lot like his most well-known character, Alan Brady, the arrogant variety show host on the old "Dick Van Dyke Show." His good humor was evident despite decidedly mixed reviews about the movie, his latest film in a career that spans 40 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
It's a pity that Carl Reiner, who hosts "Carl Reiner's the Light Stuff" Saturday on KCET Channel 28, does so little performing anymore. In effect, he's kicked himself upstairs as writer-producer-director (or combinations thereof) of comedy films. (He's done most of the Steve Martin movies, culminating in "All of Me" with Martin and Lily Tomlin, and "Summer Rental" with John Candy.
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February 3, 1991 | Daniel Cerone
With indomitable confidence, Carl Reiner says that he is the perfect choice to host NBC's new hybrid television show "Sunday Best," a weekly, hourlong look at television past and present. "If I were an executive at NBC, I would go to me first," Reiner says during lunch at the NBC commissary a week after being announced as the show's host. At 68, Reiner says he has earned the distinction of being called "venerable." "You know why I'm right for this show? What they don't know about me at NBC?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1993 | JOE RHODES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Carl Reiner was upset. He found out that someone had hired a stripper to perform at a surprise afternoon birthday party for the man who's editing his upcoming fall film--the noir parody "Fatal Instinct." "What are they thinking?" he said. "'We should be more enlightened than this. It's dehumanizing to the young woman and besides, arousing somebody in the middle of the afternoon, it just doesn't seem right." He had the stripper canceled. "Now you know who I really am," he said. "I'm a prude."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2006 | Carmela Ciuraru, Special to The Times
CARL REINER, creator of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," is an elder statesman of American comedy, yet he has never restricted himself to one line of work. He has been a film director ("Fatal Instinct," "The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," among others), an actor (most recently, in "Oceans 11" and "Oceans 12"), a producer, a memoirist and author.
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May 6, 2003 | Barbara Isenberg, Special to The Times
Steve Martin has called him an "icon of 20th century comedy," and Jerry Seinfeld once told a theater full of Mark Twain fans that Twain would be lucky to type his script changes. To longtime friend and colleague Mel Brooks, "he's a literal fount of information." That's all fine, but actor, director, writer and producer Carl Reiner says he thinks of himself first as a master of ceremonies.
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February 12, 2014 | By Dennis McLellan
Sid Caesar, a television pioneer who reigned as the king of live TV sketch comedy in the 1950s with his inspired brand of mimicry, pantomime and satire on the classic comedy-variety series “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar's Hour,” died Wednesday. He was 91. Caesar died at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness, according to his biographer and friend Eddy Friedfeld. A two-time Emmy Award-winning performer during his TV heyday in the '50s, Caesar has been hailed as “one of the great TV clowns,” “one of television's most inventive performers” and “a genius at making people laugh.” PHOTOS: Sid Caesar | 1922 - 2014 “Television had its share of comedy geniuses,” Times television critic Howard Rosenberg wrote in 1994.
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June 7, 2013 | By Susan King
Irreverent and often raucous, the 41st American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre honored the king of comedy, Mel Brooks, in a full-on laugh fest. Martin Short got the evening off to a flying start by singing songs from Brooks' films, including "I Want to Be a Producer" and "Springtime for Hitler" from "The Producers" and the "Blazing Saddles" theme song  surrounded by a bevy of statuesque chorus girls who towered over Short. "I'm not speaking from the heart, I'm speaking from the TelePrompter," said Short as he went into a series of jokes about Brooks being Jewish.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Very rarely do you get a chance to say thank you to one of your heroes," said Billy Crystal, who related how he became friends with Brooks at PTA meetings when his daughter Jennifer and Brooks' son Max were in the same class in grade school.
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May 20, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Do I get paid for this?" says Mel Brooks at the end of Robert Trachtenberg's biographical documentary, "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," premiering Monday as part of the PBS series "American Masters. " "If this program was called 'Dutch Masters,' I'd have boxes of cigars. But I had to be foolish and settle for 'American Masters.'" Writer, director, comedian, actor, producer, songwriter and drummer (because, as a drummer, you "made the most noise"), Brooks, who turns 87 this year, is in the midst of a long public moment.
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May 14, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
Clint Eastwood stood behind the podium at Monday's “Backstage at the Geffen,” getting ready to present an award to his longtime attorney Bruce Ramer, the founding chairman of the playhouse's board. Host Debbie Allen placed an empty chair beside Eastwood. He turned to it and said “Bruce, what are you doing here? I got in trouble last time I did this,” referring to his appearance at the 2012 Republican National Convention. The annual fundraiser for the Geffen Playhouse was a sell-out, packed with star power that helped raise $1.2 million for the theater's artistic, education and outreach programs.
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April 30, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner , joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as moderating host, it was the inaugural event in #Comedyfest, a collaboration between Twitter and Comedy Central that will continue through Friday and includes the premiere of the new series "Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with star Schumer live-tweeting)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2012
Carl Reiner won his first of eight Emmy Awards in what category and for what show? Supporting actor in a series in 1957 for NBC's "Caesar's Hour"
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Seinfeld, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Richard Belzer, Joy Behar, Ray Romano and Rob Reiner pay tribute to legendary funny man Carl Reiner on the two-hour PBS special "The Kennedy Center Presents: The Mark Twain Prize," which airs Wednesday night on KCET and KVCR. Taped last October at a black-tie event in Washington, D.C.
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October 21, 2009 | SUSAN KING
If it wasn't for Carl Reiner's older brother Charlie, "Your Show of Shows" would have been missing one of its funniest regulars, there would be no "2,000 Year-Old Man" routines with Mel Brooks, and no classic sitcom series "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Seventy-one years ago, Reiner was working for $10 a week as a shipping clerk in the garment industry in New York. "When I graduated from high school, I graduated with a 73 average," explains Reiner on a recent afternoon in his homey two-story place in Beverly Hills, settling into a favorite pastime: telling an amusing anecdote.
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July 22, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Sixty years ago, Carl Reiner was a regular on Sid Caesar's legendary comedy-variety series, "Your Show of Shows," and Mel Brooks was one of the hungry young writers on the live NBC program. The pair became fast friends, and the comedy world has never been the same. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre is saluting these two national treasures with "A Laugh-Out-Loud Weekend With Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner." The fun starts Thursday evening with 1982's " My Favorite Year," starring Peter O'Toole as an aging matinee idol guest starring on a fictionalized version of "Your Show of Shows," and Brooks' 1981 comedy " History of the World Part I ."
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April 23, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There will be award-winning novelists and bestselling mystery writers, leading historians and experts on nearly everything under the sun. But it wouldn't be a book festival in Los Angeles without, of course, entertainers. Stars of stage and screen have been a part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books since its inception, doing readings, interviews and book signings, often playing to packed crowds. This year is no exception, with appearances scheduled by such celebrities as Alicia Silverstone, Marlan Wayans, Bernadette Peters, Carl Reiner and Henry Winkler.
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