Do you remember The Carol Burnett Show? I tell ya, I absolutely loved that show. Unlike many of the old variety shows, this one is not shown in syndication; at least not where I live.
The Carol Burnett Show was a variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967, to March 29, 1978, for 278 episodes and originated from CBS Television City’s Studio 33 (known today as the Bob BarkerStudio). The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002 and in 2007 was listed as one ofTime magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.”
A unique feature of the show consisted of a question-and-answer segment involving Carol Burnett with the audience, in CBS Studio 33. Burnett did this for about 3–4 minutes at the start of most shows. Burnett would ask for the lights above the audience to be turned up (“Let’s bump up the lights…”) and then randomly pick audience members who raised their hands to ask her questions. This informality was possible due to the design of Studio 33; cameras were to the left and right of the stage with one below in the pit and one suspended, so the actors were very close to the audience.
A recurring guest star from the show’s launch (and later a regular cast member from 1975) Tim Conway provided hilarious, unrehearsed bits to sketches that became known to the staff as “Conway’s Capers”. Conway would play the first taping straight, but ad-lib bizarre scenarios during the second taping. Some notable clips included Conway as a Nazi interrogator berating an American captive (Lyle Waggoner). Using a Hitler puppet and a pencil as a “club,” Conway sang three verses of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
The show also became known for its closing theme song, written by Burnett’s husband. At the close of each episode Burnett would tug her ear.
Okay, here are your questions:
- In the sketch “Went with the Wind”, a send-up of the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind, Carol Burnett, as Starlett, descended a long staircase wearing what?
- Tugging her ear at the end of the show was a silent message for whom?
- Who played Mr. Tudball and what was his secretary’s name?
- Which cast member did you often see struggling to not laugh when playing opposite of Tim Conway in various sketches?
- What were the words to the closing theme song?
Alrighty, check back Friday for the answers. Good luck!