Monday, June 02, 2008

Harvey Korman

A comedic genius passed away last Thursday.

Harvey Korman, who became famous for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, passed at age 81. He performed in more than 1,000 skits in 10 years on the show.

One of the more memorable skits between Korman and his best friend of 45 years, Tim Conway, was one he had nary a line in, but his face and mannerisms trying to hide his laughter is pure classic.

In the skit, The Dentist, Tim Conway plays a dentist on his first day and Korman the willing patient in the chair. The story goes that Conway changed his lines and direction about 15 seconds into the skit in order to catch Korman off guard.

Korman was also famous for starring in Blazing Saddles and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones.

Comedic mastermind Mel Brooks said Thursday, "A world without Harvey Korman — it's a more serious world. It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we'd crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh."

There will never be another second banana like Harvey Korman. RIP.

Now a Pledge to Hedley Lamar . . . .

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