Caesar also performed in a Broadway revue, Make Mine Manhattan, which featured The Five Dollar Date—one of his first original pieces, in which he sang, acted, double-talked, pantomimed, and wrote the music.

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Caesar was considered a "sketch comic" and actor, as opposed to a stand-up comedian.

He also relied more on body language, accents, and facial contortions than simply dialogue.

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On February 25, 1950, Caesar appeared in the first episode of Your Show of Shows, initially the second half of the two-hour umbrella show, Saturday Night Review; at the end of the 1950–51 season, Your Show of Shows became its own, 90-minute program.

The show was a mix of sketch comedy, movie and television satires, Caesar's monologues, musical guests, and large production numbers.

Tars and Spars toured nationally, and became Caesar's first major gig as a comedian.

Liebman later produced Caesar's first television series. In 1946, Columbia Pictures produced a film version of Tars and Spars in which Caesar reprised his role.

His father was Max Ziser (1874-1946) and his mother was Ida (née Raphael) (1887-1975). By waiting on tables, their son learned to mimic the patois, rhythm and accents of the diverse clientele, a technique he termed double-talk, which he used throughout his career.

He first tried double-talk with a group of Italians, his head barely reaching above the table.

Your Show of Shows and its cast received seven Emmy nominations between the years 19 and tallied two wins.