Friday, May 30, 2008
He was such a funny man.
I just read that Harvey Korman passed away today. It's a very sad day indeed. He was one of the all-time comic geniuses, especially on "The Carol Burnett Show" and some of Mel Brooks' earlier movies like "High Anxiety" and "Blazing Saddles"
When I was much younger, I never missed "The Carol Burnett Show". Besides being one of the best shows on TV at that time, I used to sit and watch just to see if Tim Conway would end up making Harvey Korman break character and laugh. And, when he inevitibly did, Tim Conway would often push Harvey to the point of almost being doubled-over with laughter.
And me right along with him.
Another of my favorite Harvey Korman performaces was in Mel Brooks movie "High Anxiety". Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman (as Nurse Diesel) had this hilarious S&M relationship throughout the film. From Nurse Diesel taking away his dessert because he was one minute late for dinner ("Dinner will be served promptly at six. Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup.") to her stapping him up on her closet door for some "private spanking time" ("It was Thorndike...you're making too much noise!")...
He was a very funny man and, although he will be missed, his legacy will be available on DVD and future formats for all to see for many years to come.
Here is a classic example of how a Tim Conway/Harvey Korman sketch usually ended up playing out...
It's a shame they don't make shows like this anymore.
The world could really use a good laugh these days.