Carl Reiner Appreciation: A Comic Straight Man Who Knew When to Get Crooked


Reiner also had a very particular, very impressive skill he once showed off on stage at the Directors Guild Awards

Of all the accomplishments Carl Reiner had over his 70-year career in the entertainment industry, the most impressive thing I ever saw him do had nothing to do with writing “Your Show of Shows” or recording the “2000 Year Old Man” records with Mel Brooks or creating “The Dick Van Dyke Show” or directing “All of Me” or even acting in “Gidget Goes Hawaiian.”

All of those things were consequential, of course, and so was much, much more in Reiner’s titanic comedy career. But the one that got me came about a decade ago, when Reiner took the stage of a Century City hotel ballroom to host the Directors Guild Awards.

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Steve Pond

Awards Editor • • Twitter: @stevepond