Friday, May 30, 2008

Thank You, Harvey




When I was a little girl, every Saturday night my mother sat behind me and put my hair up in pincurls using Dippity Doo, while I sat on the floor watching Carol Burnett. It was the highlight of my week.

When I was older, I fell in love with the classic movies of the 1940s, and the more I watched them, the more I saw Harvey Korman in each leading man because he had parodied so many of those same films in sketches. Within the first few minutes of ever seeing Ronald Coleman, for instance, the proverbial light bulb came on as I realized what Harvey had been doing all those years. They were my favorite of Harvey's caricatures, the ones that rolled Clark Gable, Ronald Coleman and David Niven into one over-the-top leading man with a pencil moustache. He mastered their mannerisms and peculiar affected speech to a "T." I've never seen anyone else do that.

So although people loved Harvey in Blazing Saddles and the sketch with Tim Conway as the dentist [oh my gosh, I do, too!], my favorite performances are the ones like the clip I posted here in because those are unique to him.

They say he wanted to be a movie star, but it didn't work out. I'm so glad! Thank you for making me laugh until I cried, Harvey Korman. You were exceedingly gifted.



15 comments:

Barbara H. said...

I was ad to hear of his passing. I grew up wathcing Carol Burnett but I don't remember this clip.

Technonana said...

I'm with you Linda!!! How sad... this show was one that the whole family could watch together and be entertained... What great entertainer!!! Love Tim Conway,too.

Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) said...

I totally remember this clip. My favorite, of course, was the scene from "Gone With the Wind." The sight of a curtain rod, will send me into convulsions of laughter. Even in Sears.

There's a show coming on this Fall which features the 70's. And Ashton Kutcher is not in it. I can't wait. I need to stock up on my Dippity Do. Which I used by the jar-full in my teens. Ah. Memories.

Susanne said...

I loved watching him on Carol Burnett.

Sharon said...

I have many fond childhood memories revolving around the Carol Burnett Show as well. It always made me laugh when you could tell they were on the verge of cracking up themselves! (and sometimes did....) Enjoy your weekend -- love your blog and your new hairdo!

Carol said...

I loved to watch Carol Burnett, too! They were all hysterical. He will be missed.

Marina said...

Linda, my mom curl my hair too while watching Carol Burnett I love that show I would laugh so hard and I still love to see the re-runs,,He will be miss I will miss him I have ever since Carol Burnett cancel her show they where good!my his soul rest in peace.marina

Beverly Lewis said...

Wow- I can smell Dippity Doo at the mention of the name. Funny how many childhood memories it evokes.

Faith said...

I loved Carol Burnett when I was young. And harvey too!

And about vacations...I LOVED your post.
I LOVE vacations....this is why I don't work in the summer! (the perk of teaching). I dread the day (2 more years most likely) when all 4 of us won't be taking it together.

and I LOVE your new 'do! GORGEOUS!
I just got a totally new one too plus brand new color. I have used paul mitchell since age 21 and have just switched to Aveda. I prefer the scent of Paul Mitchell.

Enjoy your planning and have a great weekend.

Marina said...

Linda, I while back I was doing Bio-idently Hormones as you know I have enter an ealry menopause and the doctor thought I might have sleep apnea don't ask me why? well he wanted me tested for it but, I didn't show up well the Insurance Co, came back and said I was High Risk for sleep apnea my husband was up set so I went to my relugar doctor and said I want you to order me a sleep apnea test so that I can show the insurance I am not high rish ( so I think) anyways thats how it happen but I am praying I am not. Yes I am always up too something and don't do bio idently hormen its hit or miss with that one and expense. As for the hot flashes I might just have to wait it out all the other med's Oh once you read the side effects forget it, it's bad! You must write about turning 40 I will help you and let you know how everything changes on you.LOL,marina

A Stone Gatherer said...

Linda, I so agree! I so enjoyed watching the carol burnett show with all their wackiness! I loved when they would goof up and all be laughing! They were indeed a talented bunch!

Grace said...

AMEN!

That just sums up my thoughts entirely. Thanks for a lovely tribute to a classic gentleman.

Mocha with Linda said...

My parents had no sense of humor (!) so we never watched it.

But you cracked me up with the Dippity Do! I can still see their commercials! We never used it, but oh, the bobby pins and hairnets every Saturday night was a routine. (My mom used some kind of yellow hair lotion called Lanolin on me.)

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Another soul sister moment. I loved Carol Burnett maximusly. I think I discovered her about the age of 7.

My favorite: "Mrs. A-Wiggins, Mrs. A-Wiggins..."

My ADHD Me said...

Harvey, Tim and Carol. The best trio I can think of. Real "Laugh out loud comedy!"