Later, as a young comedian learning his craft on the borscht belt circuit, Brooks paid close attention to the elocution and timing of the old Yiddish comedians. After working as a writer for Sid Caesar's early television program, Your Show of Shows, Brooks and fellow writer Carl Reiner hit it big as performers in 1961, with their "2000-Year-Old Man" routine . Reiner was the straight man interviewing an old man played by Brooks. In one famous scene Reiner asked, "You knew Jesus?" Brooks replied, "Yeah. He was a thin man, always wore sandals. Came into the store but never bought anything."