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ozduck
2018-Aug-27, 05:04 AM
Neil Simon the very successful Broadway, and screen, playwright has died aged 91. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/26/obituaries/neil-simon-dead.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

He wrote numerous Broadway plays and screen plays over a long career. I usually greatly enjoyed his work - which I must admit I only saw on the screen - movie or TV. Probably the piece he will be best remembered for is "The Odd Couple" but there are many other great works in his portfolio.

Swift
2018-Aug-27, 01:16 PM
Growing up in New York City in the 60s and 70s, he ruled Broadway. I too also liked his work and also much more often saw the movies.

Jim
2018-Aug-28, 02:57 PM
Neil Simon ... there are many other great works in his portfolio.

Your Show of Shows, the Sid Caeser television classic, where he worked with Caeser, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Lucille Kallen, Larry Gelbart, Selma Diamond and others. One of his plays, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, was based on that experience.

ozduck
2018-Aug-29, 05:55 AM
Your Show of Shows, the Sid Caeser television classic, where he worked with Caeser, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Lucille Kallen, Larry Gelbart, Selma Diamond and others. One of his plays, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, was based on that experience.

I have certainly heard of "Your Show of Shows" but I have never seen an episode, and there doesn't seem to be full episodes on YouTube.

DonM435
2018-Aug-29, 10:47 AM
I have certainly heard of "Your Show of Shows" but I have never seen an episode, and there doesn't seem to be full episodes on YouTube.

There was a collection that got lots of play in theaters and TV movie slots. You might look for it:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069663/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Swift
2018-Aug-29, 12:23 PM
I have certainly heard of "Your Show of Shows" but I have never seen an episode, and there doesn't seem to be full episodes on YouTube.

wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Your_Show_of_Shows#Episode_status)

The kinescopes of the series were retained by Max Liebman; from those shows, a 1973 theatrical film titled Ten from Your Show of Shows was compiled which featured ten sketches. In 1976, this was followed by a half-hour syndicated series.
Kinescopes recorded on film, not video tape, and are usually of very poor quality (they were basically just filming a TV screen). I suspect no one has gone to the trouble to transfer entire episodes on to YouTube.

ozduck
2018-Aug-29, 02:53 PM
Swift & DonM435 thanks for the information. It does seem a bit of hit and miss in what shows are preserved from that era. I guess it being a live show meant that retention for posterity was not a big concern nor easy with the technology of the day.