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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Don't You Know There's No Such Thing As Werewooooolves

I remembered a skit from a "Best of Carol Burnett" show -- Tim Conway's own inimitable take on the Paul Henreid cigarette gesture I mentioned in a post below.

Minute 5:00 to 5:15.

I had to watch about four of these eight minute clips to find it, and in doing so, I remembered just how much Carol and her Friends were outstandingly funny. The comic timing, Tim cutting up Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner the toy boy, Vicki Lawrence's younger sis routines (I imagine commenter Ruth Anne Adams in that role to Peggy's Carol), as well as those priceless, and I do mean priceless, take-offs on Norma Desmond.

God, what happened to television like this?

It's not just that Rosie O'Donnell's weird Christmas skit show didn't take off, it's that comic ensemble performances are not even attempted anymore, anywhere on US television. In Living Colour (two snaps up) was the last one that I recall, though that was more Saturday Night Live, than Sid Caesar.

Is it because the talent is all gone?

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  • Is it because the talent is all gone?

    I think that the professional talent is more diluted these days (so many outlets), so the comedy seems weaker. Comedy is also coarser these days. Plus, these days anybody can have a go at comedy. The motivation, though is still the same. :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sun Jan 04, 07:46:00 pm GMT-5  

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