I loved The Carol Burnett Show so much. It starred Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner, and originally ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978, with 279 episodes, and again with nine episodes in the fall of 1991.
In 1975, frequent guest star Tim Conway became a regular after Waggoner left the series. The show originated in CBS Television City’s Studio 33, and won 25 primetime Emmy Awards. It is ranked Number 16 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
Possibly the funniest skit in the history of The Carol Burnett Show; Tim Conway as “The Dentist” treats poor Korman. Apparently, this was all improv on Conway’s part, and he always tried to make it a mission to crack his fellow actors up, especially Korman . According to Conway, during this sketch Korman actually wet himself.
Then there is Conway’s Elephant Story In this unedited sketch, Burnett and her cast mates keep cracking up as Conway ad-libs a long, winding story about elephants.
Conway and Korman play Nazi soldiers interrogating a prisoner of war, played by Lyle Waggoner, in this funny sketch, because Nazis are funny :
He was an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor who embodied a gang of hilarious characters on The Carol Burnett Show, including the Oldest Man In The World, but today he died at 85-years-old.
I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being. I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.
In 1933, Conway was born in Willoughby, Ohio. He started his career in showbiz with a staff job at a Cleveland television station before landing a regular gig on the Steve Allen Show (1956-1967). He went on to play Ensign Charles Parker on McHale’s Navy in the 1960s, and eventually landed The Carol Burnett Show.
His other television credits include Rango (1967), Ace Crawford Private Eye (1983), three self-titled variety shows, and his own sitcom.
He was a regular in Disney films such as The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), Gus (1976), and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979). He starred in the film The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977) and co-starred with his friend Don Knotts in The Prize Fighter (1979) and The Private Eyes (1980); plus roles in The Longshot Horse Race (1986), Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998) and Dear God (1996).
He is the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2003, Conway and Korman were featured performers on CBS’s 75th-Anniversary special. He received an Emmy Award for his appearance on 30 Rock in 2008.
On The Carol Burnett Show, he was irresistibly funny as Mr. Tudball, a businessman whose intentions of running a ”ship-shape” office were usually sunk by the bored indifference of his secretary, Mrs. Wiggins (Burnett). Although the character was widely thought to be Swedish, Conway used a Romanian accent learned from his mother. For example, his attempts to pronounce his secretary’s name came out as “Mrs. Ah-huh-wiggins”. Watch:
Korman left this world in 2008. I hope they are making each other crack-up until they pee the pants in comedy heaven.