Imogene Coca


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Noun1.Imogene Coca - United States comedienne who starred in early television shows with Sid Caesar (1908-2001)
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The brothers wrote for such classic 1950s television series as "Your Show of Shows," 90 minutes of live, original comedy starring Caesar and Imogene Coca, and later for "The Phil Silvers Show," in which the popular comedian portrayed the conniving Army Sgt.
I got older and my imagination expanded with Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows" and its amazing sketches (once Sid, emotionally wounded by Imogene Coca, stared into the cam era and blinked for five minutes until tears came streaming down his face), and Jackie Gleason's heartbreaking characters like the Poor Soul who made me cry without having to blink, and Mary Martin soaring and crowing and conquering Captain Hook in "Peter Pan."
In 1950, ''Your Show of Shows,'' starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV.
The live 90-minute variety program, which included comedic and musical sketches and starred Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, ushered in the Golden Age of Television and set the standard for TV comedy.
For many, given the passage of time, familiarity with Caesar is no doubt limited, or confined to those handful of clips we tend to see over and over again at Paley Center events--the comic cavorting on the beach with Imogene Coca in a spoof of "From Here to Eternity," his teary-eyed honoree on a "This Is Your Life" send-up, or his dexterity both with physical and fast-talking verbal comedy.
A two-time Emmy winner, Caesar and his partner Imogene Coca broke comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn't rely on vaudeville or standup material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.
When "The Girls in 509" hit the boards on Broadway 55 years ago, Imogene Coca played Mimsy and Peggy Wood was Aunt Hettie.
Two perennially funny clips are included: Caesar and Imogene Coca on the beach in their water-soaked version of From Here to Eternity, and Carol Burnett as Scarlett O'Hara in "Went With the Wind." Make 'Em Laugh provides the opportunity to see favorite performers in classic comic turns.
It was from them that musicians and actors such as Billie Holiday, Zero Mostel, Hazel Scott, and Imogene Coca; the Boogie Woogie pianists Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Amnons, and Pete Johnson; as well as many others first achieved national attention.
Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall and Christie Brinkley.