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In such good company : eleven years of laughter, mayhem, and fun in the sandbox

Author: Carol Burnett
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show. Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Named Person: Carol Burnett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Burnett
ISBN: 9781101904657 1101904658
OCLC Number: 945693719
Description: xi, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
In the sandbox --
A man's game --
Play! --
Variety shows in the seventies --
A typical week --
Let's bump up the lights! --
Some of my favorite Q & As --
Our gang --
Those behind the scenes for the entire eleven-year run --
"Life once removed": a conversation with Larry Gelbart --
Explaining a punch line --
Our recurring sketches of the years --
The famous blooper --
Cracking up --
"The pigeon lady" gets back at Tim --
Characters and auras --
The movie parodies --
Our trips to England, Ireland, and Italy --
"And then somebody asked me ..." --
A miracle moment --
Down memory lane with some of our guests --
"Lovely story," "The Funn family," and other guests --
Embarrassing moments --
"Are those your own teeth?" and other questions I've answered --
The night I got even --
The mini-musicals --
Australia --
Lights, camera, action: More movie parodies I loved --
Stress relief --
The flip shows --
More special memories about some other amazing guest stars --
The night I fired Harvey --
The Emmys --
A conversation with Dick Cavett --
Harvey leaves our show --
Our final season and the last show --
Afterword --
The artist entrance --
Wrapping it all up --
Appendix 1: Shows and guests --
Appendix 2: Writers by season.
Responsibility: Carol Burnett.

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"Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show. Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation. Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars--the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day--Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including: how the show almost didn't air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents; how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show's opening Q & A; and Carol's takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise. This book is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it"--

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