Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a play by Neil Simon.
It focuses on the star and writers of a TV comedy-variety show in the s, inspired by Simon's own early career experience as a junior writer along with his brother Danny for Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour.
The play focuses on Sid Caesar -like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa , and his staff, including Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers' room.
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Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives, who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The play is notable not only for its insider's look at the personalities and processes of television comedy writing, but also for its reflection of the political and social undercurrents of its time, in particular the rise of Joseph McCarthy, relationships between various European American ethnicities, and attitudes toward women. There is no character based on Woody Allen.
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According to Simon, Sid Caesar's writers on the original Your Show of Shows including Neil Simon and his older brother Danny Simon held their script sessions at various times on the eleventh and the twelfth floors of an NBC-TV office building; Simon added those numbers together to put his fictional cast on the 23rd floor.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 22,  and closed on August 27, after performances and 24 previews. Simmons Brian , and Lewis J.
Stadlen Milt. Paul Provenza was originally cast as Ira Stone, but was fired prior to opening.
In April and May, , Laughter on the 23rd Floor received a newly conceived production in Philadelphia at Productions. Neil Simon and Sid Caesar both gave their personal approval for this repertory production, [ citation needed ] and Eddy Friedfeld, co-author of Sid Caesar's autobiography, Caesar's Hours , served as the dramaturg for both shows.
Lane repeated his role for the television movie written by Simon and directed by Richard Benjamin. Mark Evanier notes for the movie Simon added a new character, Harry Prince, based on Caesar's brother David and the teleplay "[uses] almost none of the play.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor: Act I
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