“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” – Robert Frost (way before Jimmy Buffett sang it).
The best thing is to laugh with friends. I was in such good company on Saturday listening to Carol Burnett reminisce about her successful career in show business, specifically hilarious stories revolving around her weekly TV comedy “the Carol Burnett Show.”
The same show I used to watch with my parents. The one which set the bar for other comedians like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler but maybe not Amy Schumer . And laugh we did.
Hopefully most of you remember it, or at least know who I’m referring to. Carol Burnett is not only familiar but she’s a classic and a legend and a really warm person, in person. She makes you feel like you’re a friend, which you are, even if you aren’t if that makes any sense. She reminds you of family.
On a style note, it was interesting to learn that Bob Mackie designed all the costumes for every single episode for eleven straight running years. He’s the same designer who was responsible for the stunning gowns that Cher used to wear on her show. Blah, blah, blah…yeah, lots of stories. Lots of famous names, sadly many no longer around. And lots of questions answered in a witty & wonderful manner.
And then just before you know it two hours later came the time Carol had to say good night. Awwww…all good things come to an end. I could have listened to her all night.
So thought I’d share a few of my favourite clips from the series. One is a very short spoof from the movie classic “Gone With the Wind” (the one where Carol takes the curtain down literally to make a dress to greet Rhett Butler played by Harvey Korman) and the other is a full episode (I couldn’t find a shorten version) of a spoof from the old beach party movie “Beach Blanket Bingo” starring Annette Funicello. But this one has Carol playing Annette and Steve Martin as Frankie Avalon – too too funny. You can always skim through it. The scene with Carol & Steve on a surfboard……………had me in stitches!
Let’s just say…we all can use a good laugh!
On that note, wishing you a
wacky wonderful weekend!
Carol Burnett: Went with the Wind
The Making of Beach Blanket Boo Boo
She’s 83 now. In Such Good Company is the name of Carol’s new memoir celebrating eleven years (and more) of laughter. Available anywhere books are sold.
A good comedian is a treasure. The challenge to make us laugh, a pleasure – d. king