Skip to comments.Carol Burnett Show outtakes - Tim Conway's Elephant Story
Posted on 06/23/2012 9:29:49 AM PDT by djone
Tim Conway destroys his castmates during a sketch on the "Carol Burnett Show" by refusing to let the scene continue until he can finish a story about a circus elephant. Unedited:(Language at end)
Its my all time favorite Tm Conway cast harassment scene. Carol Burnett was getting kind of pissed but Vicki Lawrence broke them all up.
This reminds me to look up the Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family on Netflix. They don’t make comedy like this anymore. Just awkward, stupid jokes about sex.
More proof that today’s comedians know nothing about comedy.
Apparently, Tim Conway took particular joy in surprising the other skit members with ad-lib lines trying to get them to break character and laugh. He even forced Vickie Lawrence to drop her head so the audience wouldn't see her laughing. Conway once said the Lawrence was always the hardest skit member to get to break character.
Yep...that’s among the funniest skits from that great show. And only one no-no word in it.
Today’s ‘comedians’ could take a lesson...
Tim Conway is one of the funniest comedians ever, and his time with Carol and friends was priceless, not only to the viewers, but the cast probably had more fun just being together.
That was great! I enjoyed it tremendously. And now my wife is looking at me like I was a giggling fool.
Still the funniest ensemble ever assembled. Conway & Korman in the dentist office makes me laugh just thinking about it. Thanks fortune laugh....I really needed it.
It was a perfect use of that word, not gratuitous. Definitely better than what passes for most comedy nowadays.
The Carol Burnett Show was a Saturday night staple at our house.
The scenes between Conway and Korman were usually priceless, the dentist scene being a classic. One of my favorite characters was the old man or old butler whose slow motion shuffling was enough to get the audience laughing before any lines were said usually because Korman was already biting his lips in anticipation of what Conway would do as an ad-lib.
The first time I saw this I couldn’t sleep (it was ~2:30 a.m.) and was flipping through the channels when I came across the Carol Burnett show rerun.
As I watched Conway tell this outrageous story, slaying all of his castmates one-by-one (except for Carol Lawrence, aka “Mama”) in the process, I ended up laughing so hard I had to cram a pillow in my mouth to keep from disturbing my neighbors (cheap apartment complex!).
A day or two later, I ended up at my opthalmologists’ office, who determined that I had burst a blood vessel (from laughing at Conway’s story!). I didn’t tell the opthalmologist but, knowing I laughed that hard was, somehow, satisfying.
Since then, I have seen the bit a few more times. It’s STILL one of the funniest moments EVER in television and I have NEVER figured out how Carol Lawrence managed to keep a straight face and stay in character through the whole thing. In fact, it is delicious irony that her line at the end, typical of Mama’s ascerbic nature, ended up destroying Conway!!
This was entertainment at its finest, IMO!!
Tim Conway’s son is a Talk Radio host. Anybody ever listen to him?
Earth to DustyMoment - it was VICKI Lawrence, NOT Carol, fou fool!!
Same here at my house! I think she came on at 9 or 10pm EST after All In The Family
I think that this is the single funniest piece of television ever. Red Skelton and Abbot and Costello had some great skits, but the look on Dick Van Dyke’s face as Tim Conway goes through this story is priceless.
Here’s another raw recording (rehearsal, not on the show) where the cast takes a lot of liberties in “modifying” the script ... language warning:
Carol later confessed that, during the week, while they were preparing for that week's show, Tim would come to her and say that he needed 5 minutes. He never told her why and she trusted him enough to give him the time, no questions asked other than "is there anything you need?"
"Just Harvey", he would reply.
I agree with so many others here, the ensemble cast was a perfect blend of talent that worked incredibly well together. And, the team of Conway and Korman was priceless!! I almost cried when the show went off the air. Since then, television has reached rock bottom - and started to dig!! That's why EVERY network's call letters are CRAP!
While she was generally stone-faced, Lawrence didn't make it completely through either take without laughing. At the 0:58 mark, she has to look down to conceal her laughter from the audience and at the 2:30 mark, she turns her face completely away from the audience to conceal laughter. Lawrence regrouped very quickly but she did break character a couple of other times, too. Who wouldn't? Carol Burnett and Dick Van Dyck had no chance.
The Carol Burnett Show was recorded in Studio 33 (now known as the Bob Barker Studio.
Studio 33 is the current home of the long-running CBS game show The Price Is Right and the HBO late-night series Real Time with Bill Maher. This soundstage was also the home of The Carol Burnett Show from its entire 1967-1978 run, and The Red Skelton Show prior to that (19531970), as well as the notable game shows Match Game (the 1973-82 Gene Rayburn-hosted version, and the 1998 version), Hollywood Squares (hosted by Tom Bergeron), Bullseye, Wheel of Fortune, the 1986-1989 revival of Card Sharks, and the 1988-1995 run of Family Feud. In March 1998, on the 5000th episode of The Price Is Right (actually number 5133), CBS named Studio 33 as the Bob Barker Studio in honor of the show’s longtime host and executive producer. It was also the stage used for sitcoms such as All in the Family, Maude, and Good Times, Three’s Company and Welcome Back, Kotter, The Jack Benny Show, Red Skelton...etc.
More about Studio 33 here
We kept CBS on all evening On Saturdays. I think Mary Tyler Moore came on first, then Bob Newhart, then Carol Burnett. CBS had a great line up of shows back then. I don’t remember which nights these came on but we loved them: Smothers Brothers, Sonny & Cher, and All in the Family. Didn’t care for Maude too much.
pinging myself for later. I loved that show.
If you liked this one, you should love this one with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman at the dentist:
Except for the news and non-fiction programs such as Discovery I no longer watch TV. I stopped watching it around the time Family Ties was new.
Now I've been catching up on the Old Time Radio programs. The Jack Benny Show is my favorite.
A true classic!
Wow, was that a long time ago!
Here's another one I saw at the same time. The nazis...
Just as funny!!
Vicky dropped the bomb on that one, no?
Armed Robber: "Your money or your life! ............ I said, your money or your life!"
Benny: "I'm thinking it over!"
Vicky Lawrence kept her cool as Tim Conway kept dropping ad libs like describing how conjoined Siamese elephants can’t trumpet but make a noise that sounds like “Ganorthet!”
But then Mama hurled her grenade: “You gonna tell me when that little @sshole’s through?”
The whole scene dissolved; Conway & Korman fell off the sofa convulsing in laughter, Tim tried to get up but fell back down again, Carol kept her face hid but she was shaking all over (finally regained control).
“Mama” was the scene stealer that night. Funny stuff!
There was a skit where Conway and Korman were galley slaves and Korman holds up a key he made from an iron ball. The slave master grabs it and says, "Aha! A key!" Conway says, "Oh, you speak Spanish!" (aqui (here)) Dunno if it went over the guys head or he was so professional he didn't break up, but wife and I were in hysterics.
For a while I was a night stocker at Wal-Mart and we had a bunch of Hispanics in the crew. One night one of them came up to me and said she needed a key (for the display cases). I pulled a Conway and said the you speak Spanish thing. She looked at me as if I was crazy - until I did the key/aqui explanation. Then she too broke up. There's not a mention of "a key" in our house that does not trigger the "You speak Spanish" routine.
I listen to him after Rush. His radio show focuses on news of the day. He did have a funny caller that suggested that the four middle schoolers that bullied the school bus monitor be sent to Jerry Sanduskey.
I believe that was Lyle Waggoner, a long time member of the cast, not Dick Van Dyke, but I could be wrong....
No, in that particular skit DVD had subbed for Waggoner.
Many forget that she also had a #1 song in 1972,
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