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‘Lunch’ with Sid Caesar and Friends

By Susan King

The guys around the table call Sid Caesar “The King.”

They’re seated in a back room of Factor’s Famous Deli on Pico Boulevard, a boisterous group of longtime Hollywood funnymen, enjoying their lunch, which is somewhere between a meal and a ritual. The legendary Caesar still has a place of honor even though he’s frail and rarely speaks.

As his friend and lunch pal Monty Hall — of “Let’s Make a Deal” fame — notes, the 90-year-old Caesar wouldn’t miss these lunches. “You know when he walks in we say, ‘The King is here,'” said Hall, 91. “He loves that.”


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