Friday, May 30, 2008
R.I.P. Harvey Korman
I hadn't thought about Harvey Korman in years until reading about his death today. Korman was a fixture in my household in the '70s via "The Carol Burnett Show," which set a high bar for funny. I talked to a friend today who said she'd never seen the famous "Gone with the Wind" spoof, and it dawned on me that there's an entire generation of people who didn't grow up with that show.
The first person I thought about was fellow second-banana Tim Conway. The L.A. Times perfectly described their unique chemistry, which was consistently a joy to watch: "Korman and Conway developed an uncanny rapport that made them arguably one of television's most lethal comic teams; Conway's on-camera ad-libs often made Korman crack up; producers wisely kept them in the show."
If you've never had the pleasure of seeing the "GWTW" skit, check it out. Like all great humor, it holds up.