Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:07 PM
Laugh tracks remind me of why I simply loved shows like the Carol Burnett Show. Carol was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week, talking about the newly released Time Life DVD of her show (the DVDs used to be via mail order only). Carol was discussing with Jay the lack of good comedy shows today, especially good sketch comedy.
I grew up with the Carol Burnett Show and still find it hysterical, especially when you knew a lot of the acting was unscripted. Tim Conway especially was good at that. Carol explained that they'd do two shows on Friday, the first taped in front of an audience, and Conway would do his scenes to the letter of the script. For their 2nd show that evening, they went live and Conway did a lot of his own stuff, often causing his scene partners to simply break up laughing their butts off.
Jay played an example of this as Carol explained the scene where Conway played a dentist and Harvey Korman the patient. Harvey was in the chair and Conway was trying to treat him, but Tim accidentally injected novacaine into his own right hand then his right leg, and the mannerisms Tim acted out were unscripted and making Harvey crack up in the chair as the audience was going hysterical as well.
And who could ever forget the famous "Went with the Wind" scene where Harvey is staring in costume at Carol Burnett, also in costume, who just walked down the spiral stairs of a mansion set to look like the one in Gone with the Wind, and who was dressed in an elaborate dress that featured a large curtain rod Carol ripped from the window and used to prop up the rear top part of her gown. Harvey commented on that, to which Carol responded something like, "Thank you. I saw it in the window and just had to have it."
FAITH: I find the lack of it disturbing.
Opinions are my own but should be those of all Americans, who would be much better off intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally if that were the case.