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Harvey Korman

By Tony Hicks
Sunday, June 1st, 2008 at 7:50 pm in Uncategorized.

I resist writing the cliched “Harvey Korman R.I.P.” because, if there’s a comedy heaven, Harvey Korman was passed under the velvet rope and ushered to a VIP table.

Though Korman was a lifetime sideman, his timing, personality and periodic genius was first rate. For those not lucky enough to grow up watching the brilliant Carol Burnett show, Korman was the glue that kept that show together for more than a decade. His work in Mel Brooks’ movies was up there with the genius of the late (I think she’s dead – isn’t she?) Madeline Kahn – who was only one of the five funniest woman who’ve ever lived.

By the way, since we’re talking Mel Brooks, watch this …

It’s sad when people die who were such a big part of your life growing up – but I guess that means we’re just getting old. There hadn’t been a show like Carol Burnett since it went off the air, and hopefully there’s enough on YouTube for people to get an accurate taste.

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2 Responses to “Harvey Korman”

  1. HeyJoe Says:

    I think Korman was at his peak playing The Great Gazoo.

    But I agree the days of the Carol Burnett type variety show are long past.

  2. Vinnie Ballgame Says:

    Bart: Stampeding cattle.
    Hedley Lamarr: That’s not much of a crime.
    Bart: Through the Vatican?
    Hedley Lamarr: [smiling] Kin-ky. Sign here.

    C’mon now. His work in Blazing Saddles is untouchable.

    “Randolph Scott!”