The Carol Burnett Show is known for its high-quality comedy skits, musical numbers, and parodies of popular culture. In one of the classic episodes of The Carol Burnett Show, the audience is treated to a hilarious comparison between French Airlines and Slavic Airlines.
The skit featuring the two airlines has Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett, Nanette Fabray, & Lyle Waggoner in the lead roles. The sketch is a perfect example of the show’s trademark humor, which often relied on witty dialogue, physical comedy, and satire.
The sketch comedy features Nanette Fabray as a sophisticated air hostess for French Airlines and Carol Burnett as the unpolished hostess for Slavic Airlines. The two airlines’ stark differences are portrayed through their accents, amenities, and overall presentation.
French Airlines is presented as a luxurious and sophisticated airline with elegant French accents and high-end amenities for travelers. The plane is decorated with damask wallpaper and crystal sconces, giving it a luxurious feeling.
In her refined and sophisticated manner, Nanette Fabray even performs an inflight rendition of La Vie En Rose for the passengers, entertaining passengers throughout the flight. Lyle Waggoner, and other passengers, are pampered and well taken care of, providing an enjoyable and relaxing flight experience.
On the other hand, Slavic Airlines is portrayed as rough around the edges. Carol Burnett plays the role of an unpolished air hostess dressed in ragged clothes. The airplane is dilapidated, with Harvey Korman shouting at the tower control from the airplane window that they are ready for the runway. Carol distributes uncooked chicken amongst the passengers and opens a beer can, telling them it is champagne flush. As the plane starts moving down the runway at top speed, it starts shaking as if it is hit by an earthquake.
The hilarious comparison between the two airlines shows the stark difference in the quality of the flight experience. While French Airlines is presented as a luxurious and relaxing experience, Slavic Airlines is shown as a chaotic and unsafe flight. The contrast in the two airlines’ presentations adds to the skit’s humor and leaves the audience in stitches.