There is no denying that the show’s 1976 spoof of “Gone with the Wind” is one of the most iconic moments in “The Carol Burnett Show” history. The skit features Bob Mackies famous curtain rod dress. However, many fans forget that the show did another spoof of “Gone with the Wind” many years earlier.
They did a short satire skit of the famous story when the show was just off the ground. Carol’s character was called “Scarlett O’Fever,” and it went largely unnoticed. Their “Went with the Wind” redo went over way better than their original attempt, which was overshadowed and largely forgotten.
Carol’s Little Red Book
If you’re a diehard fan of “The Carol Burnett Show,” you probably know about Carol’s little red book. Carol had her celebrity guests sign a red autograph book at the end of every show. This signing was done on stage in front of the live audience to create a feeling of authenticity.
That autograph book is priceless because Carol Burnett’s show had some of Hollywood’s top talent grace its stage. We can only imagine the collection of Hollywood signatures that Carol has in her possession. Let’s hope she’s keeping that book under lock and key because it’s a national treasure.
Lucille Ball to the Rescue
Carol Burnett was lucky enough to call legendary comedian Lucille Ball, her mentor. Lucille saw potential in Carol and helped her out whenever she could at the beginning of Carol’s career. If it wasn’t for Lucille, we may have never gotten the chance to see “The Carol Burnett Show” on TV.
When Carol tried to convince the CBS executives to give her her variety show, they agreed under one condition: book a big guest. Enter Lucille Ball to save the day. Although Carol was worried that the famous funny lady was “too busy,” Lucille came through. She appeared in four episodes in the show’s first four seasons.
Tim Conway was a Regular
“The Carol Burnett Show” would not have been the same without the hilarious antics of Tim Conway. The comedian was a regular on the show but wasn’t actually a permanent cast member until the ninth season. This is a little-known fact because most people assume Tim was a regular from the beginning.
Tim was a constant guest star on the show from the very beginning. Viewers knew him as a “Carol Burnett” staple during the first eight years of the show. However, it wasn’t until Lyle Waggoner departed the show that Tim was signed on with a regular cast contract.
Life Imitates Art
The recurring sketch of Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tudball is more artistic than you might think. The office where the two oddballs work is almost an exact replica of a famous painting. “Office at Night,” a 1940 painting by Edward Hopper, looks eerily similar to the set design on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
The placement of the filing cabinet, the wainscotting, and the glass window looking into Mrs. Wiggins’ work area were modeled directly off the painting. The placement of the office furniture is also exactly the same. Who knew an artistic depiction of office life would live on in a 1970s comedy sketch?