Vest worn by Sid Caesar as German Professor on Your Show of Shows

Vest worn by Sid Caesar as German Professor on Your Show of Shows

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
Vest worn by Sid Caesar as part of his German Professor costume in sketches on the television series Your Show of Shows. The yellow vest is made of a cotton blend, with 4 buttons - 3 white and 1 pearl - and a black back.
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
vest
date made
ca 1950
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 in x 20 in; 66.04 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
1989.0172.02
accession number
1989.0172
catalog number
1989.0172.02
Credit Line
Gift of Sid Caesar
subject
Comedy
Television
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object