I could easily dismiss Laughter on the 23rd Floor as harmless nostalgia. Neil Simon's 1993 play takes place in 1953, when he and "the finest writing staff in the history of TV" produced the weekly sketches for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows.
Simon's semiautobiographical piece, now at Bristol Riverside Theatre, disguises or blends the main players: He renames himself Lucas Brickman (Jason Silverman), Caesar becomes Max Prince (David Edwards), and Mel Brooks turns up as Ira Stone (Ben Lloyd). Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, Mel Tonkin, and Lucille Kallen wrote for the show as well, and figure as characters (though Woody Allen, also a writer, does not). A ton of comedic genius, well worth documenting in a script that consists of little plot but plenty of punch lines.