The Carol Burnett Show staring Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Wagoner, and Vicki Lawrence is known as one of the most popular shows ever.
Korman and Tim Conway did many sketches together. They always accomplished the tack of busting up the audience!
The famous “Dentist Sketch” made Korman laugh so hard that he literally wet himself and the skit almost did not make it on the air. Tim Conway was very proud of himself because at the time he owned a laundromat happened to also do Korman’s laundry.
Tim Conway went on Conan O’Brien to reveal the whole story! Tim Conway opens up that the sketch was loosely based on a dentist he knew in the military, who numbed his own thumb by accident.
When Tim Conway was in the Army having some work done on his teeth, the dentist accidentally injected his own thumb with Novocain. Tim Conway exaggerated the experience to hilarious effect in the classic skit that left Korman struggling to contain his laughter.
The real key to the success of the Carol Burnett Show was that they authentically enjoyed what they were doing and loved working together. I have never seen an interview from any of the five that did not point that out. They enjoyed thoroughly what they were doing and it showed.
Tim Conway and was legendary for veering off-script and ad-libbing for lengthy stretches, often to the amusement of some of his co-stars.
Over the 11 seasons the show ran, a veritable “Who’s Who” of the entertainment industry joined the show as a guest, from Steve Martin to Julie Andrews to then-governor Ronald Reagan to Robin Williams to Ethel Merman. The only guest who Burnett dearly wanted to have but never did get was Bette Davis.
Laughter is the best medicine for sure! The Carol Burnett Show, built by some of the finest comedians ever; Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman,Lyle Wagoner, and Vicki Lawrence, did a lot of healing during its 11 seasons that spanned from the Vietnam era in 1967 until 1978.
This is the skit where Tim Conway is the would be dentist and Harvey Korman is the patient. As always, Tim’s antics just make Harvey crack up in spite of himself.