The Carol Burnett Show was popular because of its excellently written comedy skits. In addition, Carol Burnett and her co-stars put together hilarious performances that made the show become a classic. It is still remembered today as one of the best shows of the 70s and the 80s.
Whether it was Lyle Waggoner and Vicki Lawrence or Carol Burnett herself, there was no doubt each actor in the show was brilliant at what he or she did. However, the performers who made the audience giggle the most were Tim Conway & Harvey Korman. People would burst out laughing when they were onstage.
Both were legends for their acting skills and were known for their inability to make each other laugh while performing. However, the audience couldn’t control their laughter while they were onstage. In the sketch, ‘The Dentist,’ Conway plays a dentist, and Harvey is his patient. The latter had come into the dentist’s chamber to treat his gums.
While treating Korman’s gums, Conway accidentally stabbed himself in the forehead with the scalpel. While the poor dentist was shocked about what had happened, Harvey was in splits. He could not stop himself and cried laughing! Then, being the ‘The Oldest Doctor,’ Conway funnily shambled his feet.
When he spoke to Korman about his horse and a Koala (in a drawn-out, slow voice), Korman could not hold his laughter anymore. In ‘The Oldest Dresser,’ Conway walks in his usual slow fashion & took a lot of time to button Harvey’s shirt. Then, the naughty co-star looked at Harvey and slowly said, “Koala.” This triggered Korman into a burst of hysterical laughter again.
People loved Conway portraying a senior citizen. His “Old Man” style was iconic. Thus, Harvey could not stop his giggles when the dresser got picked by the clothing rack during a skit. This became one of the themes they loved repeating on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
The show ran for several years, starting in 1967 till 1978, and had many guests who performed brilliantly on the show. However, no one was as perfect as the comedy duo. They complimented each other and had an excellent understanding of their counterpart.