Monday, September 24, 2012

"As the Stomach Turns"

The Carol Burnett Show is a sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978 for 278 episodes, and originated from CBS Television City's Studio 33 (also known as the Bob Barker Studio). The popular variety show made the stars household names with such sketches as As the Stomach Turns, Went With the Wind (a parody of Gone With the Wind featuring a scene with Burnett as Scarlett O'Hara in the dress made from a window curtain, complete with the curtain rod), Carol & Sis, Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins, The Family (which would later spin off into a show called Mama's Family), Nora Desmond (Burnett's send-up of Gloria Swanson's character Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard), and Stella Toddler. The long-running show was frequently nominated for Emmys, and won three times.

The Ear Tug

Through this program, Burnett became known for her acting and talent, and for ending each show by tugging her ear, which was a message to her grandmother who had raised her, letting her know that she was doing well and that she loved her. 

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