For Sibling Assignment #89, I asked my siblings, as well as myself, to ponder on this assignment:
Think about a television show you watched growing up while you lived at home. Write about what you enjoyed about that television show, and how that show may have influenced you in your adult life.
Friday nights while growing up I would curl up in my dad's chair in the living room, and watch Carol Burnett and company work their comedic magic each week.
"The Carol Burnett Show" was a musical variety show filled with sketches, parodies and musical numbers. Each week, Carol Burnett would come out and start the show off with asking members of the audience questions.
Regulars included Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Wagner, and Tim Conway. Then there would be a guest and musical guest.
I think The Carol Burnett Show influenced me, because I watched a woman who could make people laugh, sing, and interact with the audience, and, from the looks of things, have a really good time with the people on her show. I'm sure this show planted some entertainment seeds in my head, and why live musical theater and comedy are some of my favorite things to do. I love writing sketches. I love doing writing and performing parodies.
I think this show helped development some of that interest in my life.
One of the most memorable skits from this show was a paradoy on the movie "Gone With The Wind" called "Went With The Wind".
Here is the skit in the two videos below.
My favorite part from this sketch is when she has taken the curtains out of the window, and, when Rat Butler comments on how he likes her dress she replies, "I just saw it in the window, and I couldn't resist."
Each week, Carol would end the show the same way. She would dress in a cleaning woman's outfit, have a mop and bucket, and sing the following song.
I'm so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh and sing a song
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.
Then she would pull on her ear lobe, and say "Good Night".
The show ran from 1967 to 1978. Some of the funniest moments were the times they couldn't keep a straight face. That is what made this show unique. It gave the sense of a live program. It was very funny.
Thanks, Carol Burnett, for showing little girls like me that women can get up on stage, be very entertaining, and make people laugh.