Throughout the eleven seasons of “The Carol Burnett Show,” fans grew to know, and love Carol’s iconic Tarzan yell. Her over-the-top yell was unique and hard to copy, making it her signature comedic move. This larger-than-life shout came in handy one day when Carol was out shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.
When she got to the register, Carol realized that she had forgotten her credit card. When she offered to write a check, the cashier said she needed to see an ID. Thankfully for Carol, the store manager recognized her. He said they’d take her payment if she did her Tarzan yell, so Carol bellowed in the middle of the fancy store as loud as she could.
Vicki Lawrence’s First Role
Vicki Lawrence was only a teenager when she joined the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show.” Many people saw a striking resemblance between Carol Burnett and Vicki, and the show played into the resemblance. Vicki’s first role was as “Chrissie,” Carol’s younger sister, in the “Carol and Sis” sketch.
“Carol and Sis” was where Vicki learned the ropes. Carol, Harvey Korman, and the rest of the cast and crew taught her all about comedic timing, prop work, and stage direction. “The Carol Burnett Show” ended up being a wonderful, successful place for Vicki Lawrence to nurture and grow her skills.
Carol Burnett opened every episode of her show with a Q&A session with the audience. It’s a little-known fact that her husband, Joe Hamilton, was the one who came up with this brilliant idea. In addition to being Carol’s husband, Joe was the executive producer of “The Carol Burnett Show.”
He used the power of his position to break with tradition. Sketch shows usually had a comedian warm up the audience before the show got started. However, Joe was afraid that any male comedian who opened would steal Carol’s thunder. So, he encouraged Carol to break barriers and open the show herself.
A “Playful” Side Gig
Lyle Waggoner was an announcer for “The Carol Burnett Show” for seven years. The actor was known for his dashing good looks and awesome sense of humor. However, few people know that Lyle dabbled in modeling work and other acting gigs.
Contrary to his squeaky clean image on “The Carol Burnett Show,” Lyle posed for a not-so-clean magazine in 1973. In fact, he was featured as the magazine’s first centerfold in its premier issue. Lyle continued working on “The Carol Burnett Show” for about a year after this scandalous photoshoot. Naturally, his castmates teased him about it, but he was a good sport.
A “Harvey Korman Type”
Comedian Harvey Korman was already known for his role in “The Danny Kaye Show” by the time Carol Burnett’s variety show was in the works. The producers of “The Carol Burnett Show” actually thought Harvey Korman was a perfect match for their show but didn’t even bother asking him if he was interested.
“The Danny Kaye Show” was a big success, so the producers figured Harvey wouldn’t be willing to leave such a steady gig. Carol Burnett decided to shoot her shot and asked Harvey herself. The stars were aligned because Harvey agreed to join the cast. Turns out, Danny Kaye’s show was about to be canceled.