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NFT: RIP Carl Reiner

adamg : 6/30/2020 9:28 am
Just saw the news on Twitter. RIP to a legend.
Yup, an all time great.  
yatqb : 6/30/2020 9:30 am : link
He was 98  
adamg : 6/30/2020 9:30 am : link
That's a pretty good run.
Chris in Philly : 6/30/2020 9:31 am : link
Legend. One of the GOATs.
He had a great life. RIP  
Ira : 6/30/2020 9:34 am : link
giantfan2000 : 6/30/2020 9:34 am : link
2020 keeps on sucking

if you get a chance watch Dick Van Dyke Show it is amazing that a 60 year old show still holds up so well and is hilarious
MadPlaid : 6/30/2020 9:39 am : link
Such an amazing actor. And, consistent. Funny, talented and clever. Incredible career.
He was just so great  
Marty866b : 6/30/2020 9:42 am : link
In all the Ocean movies. Also, a real Bronx guy who I believe went to Evander Childs HS.
AcidTest : 6/30/2020 9:45 am : link
great actor. What a fabulous life. RIP. God bless. Prayers to his family and friends.
a legend  
Jints in Carolina : 6/30/2020 9:48 am : link
RIP Carl.
djm : 6/30/2020 9:49 am : link
it's me! Bucky Buchanan!
Shame what Navin R> Johnson's Opti-Grab did to him  
FranknWeezer : 6/30/2020 10:15 am : link

How sad  
Jay in Toronto : 6/30/2020 10:15 am : link
Mel must be heartbroken.
He and mel  
oghwga : 6/30/2020 10:16 am : link
Still had lunch together like 5 times a week
Lived an Awesome Life Making People Laugh...  
Jim in Tampa : 6/30/2020 10:17 am : link
and made it to 98.

RIP Carl
He did a couple of episodes as Evelyn’s fiancé on 2 1/2 men  
Spider56 : 6/30/2020 10:49 am : link
and cracked me up ... very funny guy.
Had a great life and made it 98 with his sharp wit intact  
Gary from The East End : Admin : 6/30/2020 11:23 am : link
I was just reading some of his latest tweets last night.

RIP Carl. You will be missed.
Here's a great scene from the Dick Van Dyke Show...  
Milton : 6/30/2020 11:44 am : link
with Mary Tyler Moore...
"Fellas, there she is, there's the little lady that put you out of business" - ( New Window )
truebluelarry : 6/30/2020 12:12 pm : link
Reiner had a great run of film collaborations with Steve Martin in the early 1980s with The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and The Man With Two Brains. I'm going to have to search for those tonight.
I just saw a photo of him celebrating  
Section331 : 6/30/2020 12:53 pm : link
Mel Brooks' 94th birthday with him the other day. What a career, what a life! His 2,000 year old man bit with Mel is still fucking funny all these years later. Absolute legend, RIP.
My mother  
George : 6/30/2020 1:14 pm : link
was on Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar back in the early '50s, and she got to know the rest of the cast and producers really well. She always used to say that Sid was a funny guy when the camera turned on, but the real brains of the outfit was Carl Reiner: he was a brilliant writer who made that show run.
RIP Carl  
David in Belmont : 6/30/2020 3:17 pm : link
You brought a lot of pleasure into people's lives, including mine. I still listen to the '2,000 Year Old Man' routines with Mel Brooks. Thanks.
They don't make 'em like  
Ryan in Albany : 6/30/2020 3:18 pm : link
Carl Reiner anymore. RIP, legend.
Dave on the UWS : 6/30/2020 5:08 pm : link
that bit was hilarious. Reiner’s comic timing was a thing of beauty. A gifted man who passes his talent on to his son.
great story on Twitter  
PaulBlakeTSU : 6/30/2020 10:28 pm : link
that a Marvel comic writer shares about his dad and Carl Reiner

I have a Carl Reiner story that I hold very dear to me. I figured I'd share it today, on the day of his passing, because I hope it will bring some other people some joy the way it does me.

Growing up my dad and his twin brother fell in love with Sid Caeser's Your Show Of Shows. It is the show that made my dad fall in love with storytelling and comedy. They worshipped Caeser along with castmember/writer Carl Reiner.

Caeser, Reiner, and the other writers on their show, including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, and Woody Allen, all made my dad and uncle want to be writers, which they both ended up being.

Growing up my dad's choice of dinner on every birthday was Beef Stroganoff. Why did he eat Beef Stroganoff on every birthday for his whole life? Because of a joke on Your Show of Shows.

When Charlton Heston was a guest on the show they did a cold war spy sketch where Reiner was told to go to a restaurant and “ask for Beef Stroganoff.” He sits down and the waitress comes over. Reiner says "I'm here for Beef Stroganoff."

She leaves and a short while later Heston walks over to the table and asks Reiner “can I help you?” Reiner responds “I asked for Beef Stroganoff,” and Heston pauses and then in his deep voice deadpans “I am Beef Stroganoff.”

The joke made my dad laugh his whole life.

Around 20 years ago my dad had his yearly birthday call with his brother (they're twins). My dad mentioned having Beef Stroganoff and my uncle asked why he always had that on his birthday. Confused my dad just said “because of the sketch.”

My uncle had no idea what he was talking about. It turns out he remembered the sketch clearly but was convinced Heston's name in it was “Sauerbraten” not “Beef Stroganoff.” They ended up arguing about this for years.

My dad bought every DVD and VHS of Your Show of Shows he could find. He watched every clip online and every documentary, but there didn't seem to be any surviving tape of the sketch.

Jump ahead 10 years and Carl Reiner writes a new book. He announces he will be signing and giving a talk in NY at the 92nd Street Y. My dad sees his chance. He buys tickets as fast as he can.

My dad was desperate to ask him about the sketch in person. But knowing that he may not get the chance, he also wrote up a letter to hand to Reiner in case there was no time to ask.

When it came time for the signing my dad waited in line and when he got in front of Reiner he told the story of how his whole life he'd loved the show, and the sketch, and Beef Stroganoff, but then he got in the fight with his brother. Carl listened.

When he got to the part about how they couldn't remember whether it was Beef Stroganoff or Sauerbraten he asked Carl point blank- which was it? Carl Reiner stared at my dad, laughed, and simply said “That was a long time ago.”

My dad thanked him anyway, got his book signed, and then decided to hand him the letter he'd written too, just because he had said some nice things in it about how much he appreciated Reiner's work over the years.

Two months later. My dad is out for a bike ride. The phone rings. My mom answers. A man asks to speak to my father. She tells him that he's out. The man says he'll try back another time. She asks who it is and he says “Carl Reiner” and hangs up. No number. No caller id.

Obviously we are all in awe that he called and we wait for him to call back. And we wait. And we wait. Finally a week goes by and the phone rings. My dad answers it excitedly, like he'd answered every call the past week. But this time it's Carl Reiner again.

He says he read the letter my dad gave him at the signing and he found it so touching that he wanted to share it “with the others.” Then he puts the phone on speaker and Carl Reiner is having dinner with Mel Brooks and Sid Caeser.

They are calling my dad to answer his question about a sketch from 50 years ago. They all make some jokes and then admit they have no idea whether Charlton Heston was named Beef Stroganoff or Sauerbraten in the sketch.
But they all agree Beef Stroganoff is funnier, so they give the victory to my dad over my uncle.

This was literally one of the best days of my father's entire life. His heroes called him up to chat and make jokes and thank him for caring. It meant the world to him then, and it means as much to me now that they would do that.

As a sidenote a few years later my dad went to the Museum of Television in New York and decided to watch some stuff from the archives. There they had some episodes of Your Show of Shows that aren't available anywhere else. My dad sat down and watched them all.

On the very last episode they announced a special guest- Charlton Heston. My dad held his breath. The sketch begins just as my dad remembers it. And then Sid Caeser tells Carl Reiner “Go to this restaurant and ask for Saurbrauten.”

So even your heroes get it wrong sometimes. But I love that my dad made the joke funnier. Thanks Carl for inspiring my dad to be a writer. And thanks for being so kind, generous and warm. He tried to follow in your footsteps in all of those things and I'm trying to follow in his. - ( New Window )
Del Shofner : 6/30/2020 10:55 pm : link
Can't top that. Can only say that Carl Reiner was everything good that there was about comedy in the USA for what - seven decades?
RE: Here's a great scene from the Dick Van Dyke Show...  
DonQuixote : 7/1/2020 7:19 am : link
In comment 14926724 Milton said:
with Mary Tyler Moore... "Fellas, there she is, there's the little lady that put you out of business" - ( New Window )

That is absolutely brilliant. Thank you for posting it.
FatMan in Charlotte : 7/1/2020 7:24 am : link
that's an awesome story!!

That's the kind of thing that keeps me coming back here.
All those years  
pjcas18 : 7/1/2020 8:51 am : link
he could have been having sauerbraten for this birthday. He lost twice on that argument. Beef stroganoff is ok, but it's not sauerbraten.
RE: Paul..  
MadPlaid : 7/1/2020 8:53 am : link
In comment 14927123 FatMan in Charlotte said:
that's an awesome story!!

That's the kind of thing that keeps me coming back here.

I agree. Thank you, Paul, for posting that story. Just amazing. Makes me appreciate Carl Reiner even more.
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