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Showtime hails Caesar with ‘Laughter’

Comic honored as Simon's telepic unspools

HOLLYWOOD — There was laughter on the second floor as “Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor” unspooled at AMPAS’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in BevHills.

Telepic, a memoir of Neil Simon’s milk-tooth years in the writers’ den on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” was graced by the comic, who looked as dapper as ever.

“I was blessed with a writing staff that was sensational: Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner. That’s a pretty good writing staff … and I used to write myself,” Caesar said. “I started my career off with him, in a way, as a lot of the writers did, so we all learned from him,” said Simon, recalling his years under Caesar’stutelage. “When you look at the amount of work that came out of that show from all the other writers –major theater works, television, movies, everything — it’s a great group.”

Overseeing the shindig was Jerry Offsay, president of programming at Showtime, with producer Jeffrey Lampart, cast members Peri Gilpin, Dan Castellaneta, Richard Portnow and Zach Grenier among those in attendance.

“Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor” aired Saturday on Showtime along with “Hail Sid Caesar!” a docu on Caesar and TV’s golden age.