Some performers are superstitious and like to adopt rituals and charms for good luck. Surprisingly, Carol Burnett had her own good luck ritual for her show. In her case, the good luck charm was actually a person by the name of Jim Nabors.
The comedian and actor appeared on the very first episode of the show. Since that first episode led to many years of success, Carol always had Jim as a guest star on the first episode of every season. The tradition seemed to have worked out for quite some time, considering that “The Carol Burnett Show” ran for eleven seasons.
A Surprising Spat
All the cast members on “The Carol Burnett Show” seemed to get along swimmingly with each other on-screen. However, the show wasn’t without its fair share of drama. Carol Burnet revealed decades later that she had a confrontation with co-star Harvey Korman after he stormed off set in a bad mood.
According to Carol, Harvey was in a foul mood that day and was very rude to Tim Conway and another special guest on the show. When Carol tried to confront Harvey about his rude behavior, he slammed a door in her face. The two eventually made up, and Harvey got his mood under control, but this shows it wasn’t always rainbows and sunshine on set.
A Painful Scene
Tim Conway was great at ad-libbing and improvising during his time on “The Carol Burnett Show.” However, there was one scene where things got a little too real. Tim and Harvey Korman performed a scene that took place in a submarine, and Tim did some physical comedy that made him very uncomfortable– literally.
The submarine’s periscope pins Tim to the ground in one part of the sketch. The look of discomfort and pain on his face is very real. He had recently gotten an operation done, so when the periscope hit him in the groin area, he was more sensitive than usual. Thankfully, he played it off. The audience was none the wiser.
A Dynamic Duo
Carol Burnett is one of the most famous comedians of our time. Modern-day fans may be surprised to learn that she is best friends with Julie Andrews. Their professional work seems so different, right? However, the two women have been friends for decades and got their start in Hollywood around the same time.
Julie and Carol performed together on “The Garry Moore Show” and even co-starred in a CBS special titled “Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall” in 1962. Julie is definitely more of a comedian than she would have us think. The two stars are known pranksters and love spreading good-natured havoc whenever they go to events together.
A Major Edit
Fans were sad when “The Carol Burnett Show” ended in March of 1978. Fans were further disappointed when the show went into syndication. Sadly, the hour-long program had to be cut down to only 30 minutes. That meant that all of the show’s musical acts were cut out. Other parts, like the famous Q&As, were shortened.
Carol wasn’t a fan of the syndication editing, either. When re-runs of the show were first aired, Carol explained that the music had to be cut because paying for the rights was too expensive. She wanted fans to enjoy re-runs of their favorite show, so she still went through with the syndication.