The influence of Sid Caesar's early television variety series Your Show of Shows
runs deep, and the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year
, inspired by an actual appearance on the show by the charming but washed-up actor Errol Flynn, plays like an inside joke. As with TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show
from two decades earlier, Year
's cast of zanies is based loosely on Caesar and his backstage entourage of writers, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner among them. Brooks produced this film, which was directed by actor Richard Benjamin.
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