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Carol Burnett and Me

We saw Carol Burnett last night at the university. It was her show "Laughter and Reflection" where she shows clips from her show and answers questions from the audience, and yes, did the Tarzan yell. I knew I really wanted to see her, but it affected me more than I thought it would. Like, as in I started crying when she walked on stage. It's weird how you sort of forget things that were important to you, and I basically never try to think about anything that happened before I went to college, but watching her show with my mother and one of my aunts was one of the happy parts of my childhood.

Carol Burnett was also a strong female presence, and probably affected me as much as Barbara Jordan and Anne Richards did later. She told the story last night about how the only reason she was able to get her variety show was a forgotten clause in her contract that said if she asked for a show within five years they had to give her one and commit to it for a certain number of episodes. When she tried to exercise the option, they told her only men had variety shows. (Her show lasted eleven years, and the Wikipedia article makes it sound like it was CBS' idea, which is not what she said last night. They did offer her a sitcom called "Hey, Agnes!" (yeah, you should have heard how she said that title) as an attempt to keep her from getting her female cooties on a variety show.)

Seeing her made me remember other things, like the times my father was working out of town and my mother and I were able to watch Saturday Night Live and Richard Pryor's specials. And I felt like part of a family instead of an inconvenient guest.




* Laura Anne Gilman has a new mystery out: Collared under the name L.A. Kornetsky

* The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout, a great middle grade SF novel, is on sale for only $1.99 on Kindle US.

* Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough, the third Fallen Blade novel, is about to come out. I love the cover of this one.

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Glad you got to see the show. Sounds like essentially the same one we saw in Galveston. In a way I felt the same way you did about it, as it reminded me of a very happy time in my life.

That makes Carol Burnett a pioneer, and I'm glad she stuck to hr guns. Her show was one of the best on television. I'd watch it, with or without my grandmother (never really got to watch a lot with my mother - when she wasn't working, a lot of nights, she wasn't home)..

I used to watch Carol Burnett with my mom when I was a child, too. Her autobiography was very cool. (Burnett's, not my mom's. Although I'm trying to get Mom to write hers...) A brilliant woman with a brilliant ensemble. Envious you got to see her in person.

Oh, I would love to see her. The Carol Burnett Show was an important part of my childhood too. Interesting to hear the true story of how the show started. I don't doubt it at all. I suspect she was equal to any bullying they attempted.

*Envy* I've loved Carol Burnett since her variety show was still running.

Yeah, me too. I cried the last time I saw one of her reunion specials on TV. She goes all the way back to me at age 10 trying to answer quips with quips (and being told, "Shhh! It's comedian time!") And that's just one more way that I ended up with exactly the children I deserved.

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