Don’t you love legends
Carol Burnett finally won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
“This is very encouraging,” Burnett told the audience at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday night. “I mean it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington.
“With any luck, they’ll soon get voted out, and I’ll still have the Mark Twain prize.”
In our view, Carol and her CBS television show were the funniest things on television in the 20th century. Along with her stock cast of Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner, Carol churned out week after week the funniest skits ever seen on television – 11 years’ worth from the 1960s thought the 1970s.
Of course, they had regular guest stars like Jim Nabors and Steve Lawrence who almost seemed like members of the stock company.
It was the most talented group of people ever assembled on one stage – they were funny, they could act and they could sing. And Carol was the most talented of all of them – a hilarious comedienne who could occasionally break your heart with a sad ballad.
Of course, there is a Hawaii connection in this story. Carol was a resident of Maui and Oahu for a while and castmate Nabors still lives there. But that is tangential to this story.
Carol Burnett and her friends brightened many a Saturday night for a lot of us. She used to close each show by singing, “I’m so glad we had this time together . . .”
Well, Carol, you’re not half as glad as those of us who got to share our Saturday nights with you and your friends. Bless you and congratulations on your Twain award.
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