RIP Carl Reiner, 1922-2020

Carl Reiner has died. From Variety:

Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.

He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety.

Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,” with Steve Martin, in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in 1984.

Rob Reiner tweeted on Tuesday morning, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

I’m at a loss for words. I can barely remember a time when Carl Reiner wasn’t making me laugh. I remember his and Mel Brooks’s appearances on Your Show of Shows nearly 65 years ago vividly.

Is there anything funny any more?

7 comments… add one
  • Guarneri Link

    There are things that are funny. But the Reiner/Brooks team was extraordinary.

  • GreyShambler Link

    “things that are funny”

    Oh yeah, sure, dog whistle. I’m offended.

    Reiner: What a life.

  • steve Link

    Loved the albums. Since I am old I am supposed to say everything was better back in my day. For the most part I dont really believe that, except for comedy. Most modern comedy pales against the older comedians I think.


  • Guarneri Link

    Time for people to give their lists.

    Many different comedy styles. I like (off the top of my head):

    Groucho, Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Jon Winters, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Steven Wright, Norm McDonald, Victor Borge, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Miller, Johnny Carson, Richard Lewis, Bob Hope and Ellen DeGeneris.

  • steve Link

    Robbin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope, George Carlin, Garrison Keillor, Rich Little, George Burns (Gracie), Johnny Carson, Steve Martin (early), Dick Van Dyke, Groucho, Minnie Pearl, Red Skelton, Jack Benny.


  • The Marx Brothers (up to and including A Night at the Opera), Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, Ernie Kovacs, Johnny Winters, Robin Williams, Gilda Radnor. Even Fred Allen was funnier than just about anybody today.

    Dana Carvey is occasionally funny; Mike Myers is occasionally funny; Tyler Perry can be funny. John Belushi was funny. SNL has never been funny consistently but while Belushi was part of the ensemble it was at its best.

    One of the best series streaming on Netflix (originated on Crackle, I believe) is Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Check out the one featuring Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

  • Grey Shambler Link

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