That time Vicki Lawrence totally cracked up Carol Burnett


Blooper reels and other outtakes that never made it on the air are always a lot of fun. Whether someone is repeatedly flubbing a line or inappropriate laughter keeps breaking out, it’s a great reminder that even the best actors and actresses are mere humans just like the rest of us.

“The Carol Burnett Show” was an icon of American television comedy, airing on CBS from 1967 until 1978. It was a great run and the show earned an incredible 25 prime time Emmy Awards. It was a mix of variety acts and sketch comedy, with talented regulars like Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, and Carol Burnett herself. There were also guest stars and that list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood.

“The Family” was one especially popular recurring sketch on “The Carol Burnett Show,” in fact, it ended up being spun-off as a show in its own right as “Mama’s Family.” There were were times when the humor got of control and the cast ended up breaking character, reduced to helpless laughter. What you’ll find posted below is an uproarious outtake where Vicki Lawrence manages to break Carol Burnett.

The scene starts with Eunice (played by Carol Burnett) is throwing quite the tantrum. She rips a pillow apart, sending feathers flying, yelling and screaming while the rest of the family watches in stunned silence. Mama (played by Vicki Lawrence) gets up and stomps over to Eunice, her barbed tongue at the ready. All she has to say is, “You’re not playing with a full deck,” to force Burnett to turn her face from the camera as she starts to giggle. Lawrence really pours it on: “You got a squirrel den in your head? Is it that time of the month for you? Are you ridin’ the cotton pony?” The audience is beside itself with laughter at this point and Burnett was probably close to dropping to the floor.

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