Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Today is Carl Reiner's 85th birthday. Carl, the eternal straight man to Mel Brook's "Two Thousand Year Old Man is an absolute legend of comedy. He was one of the great writers for Sid Caesar and the original "Show of Shows" and worked alongside Neil Simon. He also worked on Caesar's Hour with Brooks, Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen..In 1961, Reiner created The Dick Van Dyke Show. In addition to usually writing the show, Reiner occasionally appeared as temperamental show host "Alan Brady", who ruthlessly browbeats his brother-in-law (played by Richard Deacon). The show ran from 1961 to 1966.Reiner began his directing career on the Van Dyke show. His first feature was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing (1967), which was on Reiner's book of the same name. Probably the best-known film of his early directing career was the cult comedy Where's Poppa (1970), starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon. Keep the laughter coming, dear soul-- Lord knows the weary world needs all that it can get!

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