Imogene Coca : Sid Caesar :: Ginger Rogers : Fred Astaire
July 29, 2014 12:04 PM   Subscribe

Imogene Coca was the hilarious counterpart to Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows, the ground-breaking 1950s sketch comedy show. (Here they are in the classic Auto Smashup.) She won an Emmy and a Peabody for her work on the show, had a long career in television, and later made an impact as Aunt Edna in National Lampoon's Vacation, as Ms. Dipesto's mother in Moonlighting, and on the stage. posted by julen (8 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Her entrance as Aunt Edna in National Lampoon's Vacation (on a walker, bursting through a screen door) provoked one of the heartiest laughs I had ever heard from my dad in a movie theater. As a kid, anything my dad thought was funny, I thought was funny. Everything about her portrayal of Aunt Edna is perfect.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:17 PM on July 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

National Treasure
posted by Freedomboy at 1:22 PM on July 29, 2014

She was one of the greats.
posted by Mchelly at 1:36 PM on July 29, 2014

She died at 92, Sid Caesar at 91, Berle 93, Carl Reiner is 91, and that up and coming youngster, Mel Brooks is only 88 (or some say 2,000) years old.
posted by hal9k at 1:39 PM on July 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Her co-stars in On the Twentieth Century included John Cullum, Madeline Kahn and a young and pretty-well-unknown Kevin Kline. When I get my time machine, I'll be seeing that one.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 1:46 PM on July 29, 2014

She was also Jan Brady's "identical Aunt." Anyone remember that episode? As a kid, it felt very mean - for the Brady Bunch.
posted by MoxieProxy at 3:11 PM on July 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oh god I hated that episode so much. The moral ends up that Aunt Jenny is a cool badass and they shouldn't be such shallow assholes, but the route to get there is so ick.

I love this post though!
posted by MCMikeNamara at 5:18 PM on July 29, 2014

I had not seen the "From Here to Obscurity" clip before. It was wonderful.
I love these guys and their humour.
posted by dougzilla at 7:53 PM on July 29, 2014

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