The Carol Burnett Show became one of the iconic shows of the 60s and the 70s that still has a huge fan following. Recently, a clip from the show’s archive has resurfaced, capturing viewers’ hearts worldwide. The clip pays tribute to the Oscars, showcasing some of the best moments from 32 years of award-winning movies.
Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Steve Lawrence, and Carol Channing come together to create a brilliant performance celebrating the art of cinema. The skits and songs are humorous and entertaining, paying homage to some of the greatest films and filmmakers ever.
One of the skits in the clip features Carol and Lyle in a hilarious sketch where Carol plays a helpless victim who calls the police department. The scene is filled with laughter as Carol’s character suddenly decides to keep the phone down when she finds the handsome thief (Lyle) in her room.
The tribute also includes a sketch where Lyle plays the host at the Academy Awards, announcing the award for the best actress, Jennifer Jackson (played by Carol Channing). Channing’s acceptance speech is long-winded and comical, causing Lyle to fall asleep behind the Oscar winner. The skit ends with Lyle asking for help to carry Channing off the stage, much to the audience’s amusement.
Harvey Korman’s skit pays tribute to Paul Muni’s 1939 Oscar win as he portrays one of the world’s most outstanding scientists, Louis Pasteur. The scene features Harvey and several others playing the role of scientists at the French Academy of Science. Steve Lawrence plays Louis Pasteur, who has discovered a cure for Rabies. However, Harvey carelessly breaks the small vile, creating a comical and chaotic situation.
Carol and Steve’s skit nods to Humphrey Bogart’s 1952 Oscar-winning film, The African Queen. The act is humorous as Carol and Steve are stuck on a boat with a broken engine. Carol is desperate to get home but gives in to the good looks of the handsome captain. The skit showcases Carol’s comedic timing and the chemistry between the two actors.
Vicki narrates a story about the unique Oscar presented to the master of fun, the discoverer of stars, comedy genius Mack Senate. The tribute also includes a song where Carol, Harvey, and Steve sing about the time when silent screen comedians ruled the world. In addition, the skit pays tribute to several other comedians, such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Also, it showcases the brilliance of Carol Burnett and her talented team.