Jan 232017


In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons?
In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.

What I Thought
My favorite show growing up was The Carol Burnett Show. Every week she made me laugh until my sides hurt. I never got tired of seeing Carol and her cast mates get into all kinds of funny situations. I loved the different characters they played. Mrs. Wiggins & Mr. Tudball were my favorite, and anything with Tim Conway. Everything he did cracked me up. Vicki Lawrence did an amazing job in everything she did, and grew so much as an actor. I loved seeing Tim Conway and Harvey Korman do skits together. They had such a hard time not laughing, and failed quite a lot. And then there were The Old Folks and The Family. I’ll never forget “Went With The Wind” when Carol wore the curtain dress, The Pigeon Lady, and As The Stomach Turns. I really miss this show and wish I could watch re-runs on tv. It never got old.

This book brought back a lot of memories, and now I’m jonesing for a Carol Burnett Show fix. I might have to go buy the series on dvd.

Whether you were a fan of this show or not, or even if you’ve never seen it (why haven’t you?) this book is quite entertaining. I loved it, and would recommend it 100%

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  8 Responses to “Book Review:
In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett”

  1. I remember that show so well. As I was reading down through your review, I remembered Carol in that ‘Tara’ dress with curtain rods on her shoulders – LOL! So, so funny. And the best part of that show was when they would crack each other up and have a wait a bit before continuing so they could get their faces under control. Loved it! I’m going to be looking for this book. Thanks for sharing about it!

  2. My library has this on audio and I’ve been thinking about getting it even though I haven’t really seen the show (it was off the air by the time I was old enough to watch it). I love the Carol Burnett I’ve seen in interviews and I think this book sounds delightful!

  3. She is such a great comedienne and a class act to boot. I’m sure this is great.

  4. I love Carol Burnett. She is so funny and hasn’t need to resort to vulgar humor. I love that about her. Sounds like a good book!

  5. Vicki, I adored this show as well when I was growing up. This sounds 100% wonderful. Terrific review!

  6. I love Carol Burnett. Watched the show faithfully as a kid, along with Vicki’s spin-off, Mama’s Family. I am keen to read the book and hear her stories. I imagine there’s more than a few laughs inside!

  7. Oh yes, she was a part of my growing up. Loved how Tim Conway could always get Harvey Korman giggling. Those were the good old days of television.

  8. She is a fantastic entertainer. I didn’t know she wrote a book. I will have to look for it. Thanks for the review.

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