‘The Parolee’s Return’ with Harvey Korman is pure comedy genius

Ah, the good old days! I remember gathering around the television set, with my trusty Labrador at my feet, watching “The Carol Burnett Show.” Just thinking about it takes me back to simpler times when a hearty laugh was just a remote click away. And speaking of hearty laughs, let me tell you about the hilarious skit “The Parolee.”

Harry, played by the indomitable Harvey Korman, is out and about after a 10-year stint in the big house. That’s right. Our good old Harry is on parole. And boy, was he on his best behavior! It’s his first night out with his wife in a decade, and they choose a diner that could use a good scrub. Harry’s poor choice of dinner venues doesn’t go unnoticed by his ever-vocal wife. She quips about the greasy bar and the even greasier food. But Harry’s just happy he’s drinking something that doesn’t look like it belongs in a prison cell. He sure does have a way to find a silver lining!

One of the most relatable moments in the skit for me was when Harry’s wife pointed out the questionable quality of the drinks. I recall a few times when I’d had a questionable drink or two. But remember, Harry’s on parole, and the last thing he needs is a commotion over a martini tasting like Gatorade. Or, as I’d joke with my grandkids, “Back in my day, Gatorade was a luxury!”

The interaction between Harry and the folks in the diner, especially with the big-mouthed waitress and the easily offended biker, is just pure comedy gold. Every moment, every line was delivered with precision. But Harry, in all his newly-released glory, manages to keep his cool, even when chaos ensues. That’s old-school comedy for you – timing, expressions, and scenarios that make you chuckle and think simultaneously.

You know, seeing these sketches in pristine quality is a real treat. It feels like yesterday, and I can’t help but think of all the memories that flood back when I see Harvey Korman and the gang light up the screen. The camaraderie between the actors is evident; they seemed to have a ball, which translated on screen.

And, of course, the pièce de résistance: Harvey’s laugh at the end, where he’s just content to sit back and enjoy his steak after all the hullabaloo. It’s a testament to the show’s brilliance – finding humor in the simplest moments.

You know, these old shows remind me of the times when I’d sit with my grandkids and share stories about “the good old days.” Now, I think I’ll introduce them to “The Carol Burnett Show” and watch as they revel in the joy of classic comedy. If they enjoy it even half as much as I did back then, I’d consider it a win. And maybe they’ll give their old grandpa some credit for having a good taste in humor!

So, dear reader, if you’re looking to relive some of those cherished memories or introduce someone new to the wonders of Carol Burnett and her ensemble, give “The Parolee” a watch. It’s a humorous gem from a bygone era. And while you’re at it, share the joy and laughter with your loved ones because, as they say, sharing is caring.

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\'The Parolee\'s Return\' with Harvey Korman is pure comedy genius