Dickey and tie worn by Sid Caesar as German Professor on Your Show of Shows

Dickey and tie worn by Sid Caesar as German Professor on Your Show of Shows

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Dickie and tie worn by Sid Caesar as part of his German Professor costume in sketches on the television series Your Show of Shows. The dickie is comprised of a white dress shirt front with attached silver and grey necktie. The neck of the shirt is cut and attachable with a silver clasp. The dickie's edges are not finished.
Comedian Sid Caesar (1922-2014) was an influential and acclaimed comedian best known for his pioneering work on television, especially Your Show of Shows, a comedy variety show which aired from 1950-1954. The German Professor was a character used by Caesar to mock the pretentiousness of media experts and satirize intellectual fads. In sketches, the Professor’s ridiculous name changed based on whatever expertise he was supposed to have, such as memory expert “Lapse Von Memory” and Medical Doctor “Hugo von Gezundheit.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shirt
date made
ca 1950
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
fabric, synthetic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 23 in; 40.64 cm x 58.42 cm
ID Number
1989.0172.03
catalog number
1989.0172.03
accession number
1989.0172
Credit Line
Gift of Sid Caesar
subject
Comedy
Television
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Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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