LOS ANGELES (AP) — Innovative, influential comedy genius Sid Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, has died at age 91.

Family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld says Caesar died early Wednesday.

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Caesar’s two most important programs were “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.” He used them to display his incredible skill in pantomime, satire, mimicry, dialect and sketch comedy.

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He paired with Imogene Coca in sketches that became comedy classics.

He attracted a stable of young writers who went on to highly successful careers of their own including Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

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Caesar also appeared on Broadway and on the big screen in the 1963 comedy epic “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”