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Carl Reiner, 98 years of funny

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Carl Reiner's comedic instincts, appreciation for collective talent and abilities in a writers' room made him a legend, says Gene Seymour, and Reiner never stopped showing up to live what he described as the "best life possible."

Carl Reiner would have known that was funny.

And Reiner, even though he was at the age when, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, most other people are dead, was still an active, sharp-witted presence on the pop-cultural scene along with his lifelong pal and frequent foil Mel Brooks.

It's also funny, just as an aside, because Reiner appreciated funny numbers.

Or 2,000, which was the number of years assigned to Brooks' alter ego, "The 2,000-year-old man," to whom Reiner played straight man and interlocutor on several comedy albums and hundreds of TV and stage shows.

Reiner not only proved himself in that crucible of late-night live television to be the paragon of an agile, responsive and unstinting ensemble player, but was also an important part of a legendary team of writers for both "Show of Shows" and its successor, "Caesar's Hour" (1954-57), that included such future hall-of-famers as Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart and Woody Allen.

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