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Stars react to death of comedy legend Sid Caesar

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 3:50pm  ET

FILE - This Oct. 25, 1999 file photo shows Milton Berle, left, and Sid Caesar before being honored in as the first inductees into NBC's "Walk of Fame" in the network's Rockefeller Center store in New York. Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 91. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Associated Press

Celebrities react to the passing of TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar Wednesday at 91 at his home in Los Angeles:

-- "From my vantage point, which was sometimes no further than an inch from his face, and one time nose on nose, he was inarguably the greatest pantomimist, monologist and single sketch comedian who ever worked in television. His ability to mimic foreign languages in double talk was extraordinary. ... He was a great flame who all the comedy moths wanted to be around, moths like Mel Brooks, Mel Tolkin, Lucille Kallen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Joe Stein, Tony Webster, and in Sid's last year on television, Woody Allen." -- Caesar's longtime collaborator and friend Carl Reiner in a statement.

-- "Saddened by the death of Sid Caeser. He was one of the greats. When you watch him today, he still makes you laugh like he did 60 years ago." -- Joan Rivers on Twitter, adding, "A childhood highlight was going to the taping of "Your Show of Shows." I'm just sorry I never had the opportunity to work with Sid Caesar."

-- "He was one of the truly great comedians of my time and one of the finest privileges I've had in my entire career was that I was able to work for him." -- Woody Allen in a statement.

-- "Just heard about Sid Caesar. I don't think there's ever been a funnier human being." -- Albert Brooks on Twitter.

-- "Life...doing her thing, another great has passed Sid Caesar. Funny man We honored him at the very first Comic Relief. RIP turn turn turn" -- Whoopi Goldberg on Twitter.

-- "We've lost one of the greats. Sid Caesar was a fantastic comedian and entertainer. His quadlingual schtick was always a hit. We'll miss him." -- Arnold ?Schwarzenegger on Twitter.

-- "He was a genius at everything." -- Larry King on CBS radio.

-- "Just read Sid Caesar passed away. Real genius of sketch comedy. Without him, no SNL & no me. HAIL TO THE KING! # SID CAESAR, KING of COMEDY" -- Comedian and former "Saturday Night Live" star Jon Lovitz on Twitter.

-- "#SidCeasar, RIP. You were the first and funniest "vicious" Sid I knew about." -- Comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter.

-- "Another pioneer of comedy & entertainment has moved on up. "Mr. Sid Caesar"" -- Musician Bootsy Collins.

-- "RIP Sid Caesar. You were the first. "-- Comedian and "Saturday Night Like" alum Kevin Nealon on Twitter.


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