TV Trivia: The Carol Burnett Show

Q1. What was the off-screen relationship between Joe Hamilton, the composer of the theme song “Carol’s Theme, and Carol Burnett?

Q2. Why did Carol Burnett always tug her ear at the end of each show?

Below, the cast of The Carol Burnett Show in 1967 (left) and 1977 (right). 1967 cast clockwise from top left: Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Carol Burnet; 1977 cast clockwise from top left: Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett.

the carol burnett show cast, 1967, 1977, harvey korman, carol burnett, lyle waggoner, vicki lawrence, tim conway (Photo: CBS Television eBay | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978 and starred (of course!) Carol Burnett, along with regulars Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. Over the years The Carol Burnett Show won 25 Emmy Awards and entertained millions of people. Below, Carol Burnett as Eunice Higgins and Harvey Korman as her husband Ed Higgins, with guest-star Madeline Kahn in a 1976 skit from The Carol Burnett Show.

carol burnett 1976, the carol burnett show, mamas family, eunice higgins, harvey korman, ed higgins, married couple, guest stars, madeline kahn, tv comedy skit, sketch comedy, 1970s musical variety show, 1970s tv comedy (Carol Burnett, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman Photo: Pixabay CC0 / Public Domain)

Carol Burnett’s friend Jim Nabors was in the first episode of every season of The Carol Burnett Show,. Other baby boomer favourite guest stars on The Carol Burnett Show during it’s 11 years on the air included Richard Chamberlain, Barbara Eden, Shirley Jones, Leonard Nimoy, The Smothers Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson, Barbara Feldon, Steve Lawrence, Jerry Lewis, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, Dinah Shore, William Conrad, Valerie Harper, Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, Buddy Ebsen, Rock Hudson, Phil Silvers, Shirley MacLaine, Betty White, Glen Campbell, Madeline Kahn, Neil Sedaka, James Garner, Steve Martin, James Stewart; and many others. 

Baby boomers may remember screaming with laughter at the now-famous comedy sketch “Went With the Wind” on The Carol Burnett Show. In one of the scenes, Burnett rips down the drapes to make a new dress and emerges wearing it, complete with curtain rod across the shoulders. Below, Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, and guest star Dinah Shore in “Went With the Wind“.

carol lburnett, 1977, the carol burnett show, dinah shore, guest stars, vicki lawrence, regular cast, went with the wind, gone with the wind parody, sketch comedy, sitcoms, 1970s musical variety, 1970s tv comedy shows (1977 Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Dinah Shore Photo: CBS Television / eBay | Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

A1. Joe Hamilton and Carol Burnett were married for 21 years, from 1963 to 1984, and had 3 children together.

A2. It was a message to Carol Burnett’s beloved grandmother Mabel Eudora White (while she was alive and continued after she was dead), that Carol was thinking of her.

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