If you loved The Carol Burnett Show – and lots of us did – then you probably loved Harvey Korman, too. A cast member of the variety show for 10 of its 11 seasons, Korman was known not only for his great comedic acting, but for his tendency to break character and laugh in the middle of a scene. Costar Tim Conway was especially good at getting Korman to crack.
Despite Korman's inability to choke back laughter while acting – or maybe because of it, as it's awfully endearing to see a star unable to control his laughter when we're laughing too – his work on the show was much celebrated. He won four Emmy awards and a Golden Globe while with The Carol Burnett Show.
In this May 14, 1972 file photo Harvey Korman is shown with his Emmy award for outstanding achievement by a performer in a music or variety show in Los Angeles. Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday, May 29, 2008. He was 81. (AP Photo/file)
Though it won him his greatest accolades, The Carol Burnett Show was far from the only gig we loved Korman in. He was a regular in Mel Brooks's movies, with an especially notable turn as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.
Korman did great voiceover work, too... Great Gazoo voiceover work, that is. Korman’s talent with accents brought to life the little green nemesis of “dum-dums” Fred and Barney on The Flintstones.
Harvey Korman is on our minds, as he would have turned 85 today. It's a good day to celebrate his life… and his comedy.
Written by Linnea Crowther.