Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Neil Simon's nostalgic valentine to Sid Caesar's early-TV variety program Your Show of Shows, provides an entertaining evening in 1812's accomplished production at Plays & Players. The show's comedy writers - a who's who of successful funnymen - worked in NBC's offices back in the 1950s, cranking out 90 minutes of live television every week.
Among the gang in the Writer's Room during this Golden Age was, of course, the playwright, a young Neil Simon (later to write some of Broadway's most successful shows), as well as Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie, etc.), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show, etc.), Mel Brooks (The 2000-Year-Old Man, Blazing Saddles, etc.), Woody Allen (well, you know), Selma Diamond (My Favorite Year), Aaron Ruben (Sanford and Son, etc.), Gary Belkin (The Carol Burnett Show, etc).