May 29, 2008

Heaven is a funnier place tonight

Rest in peace, Harvey Korman.

Harvey Korman, an Emmy-winning comedic actor best known for playing the self-described "luminous second banana" for a decade on television's "The Carol Burnett Show" and for starring in such Mel Brooks films as "Blazing Saddles," has died. He was 81.

Korman, who had undergone several major operations, died Thursday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm that ruptured four months ago...

...With a knack for physical humor and oddball accents, Korman was a master sketch comic who did his best-known work on Burnett's variety show beginning in 1967 in an ensemble that included Tim Conway.

"It's a 45-year friendship," Conway said. "It was a great ride; we worked together probably 30 years, plus the Burnett show, which was about as good as it gets."

Brooks called Korman "a major, major talent, and he could have very easily have done Shakespearean drama. That's how gifted and talented Harvey was. . . I loved working with him."

Conway said Korman had "a complete understanding of comedy and comedy timing."
Not surprisingly, Hedley Lamarr is probably my favorite character in Blazing Saddles, which probably my favorite movie of all time.

A classic moment from Blazing Saddles, and one of the funniest lines in the movie:

"I want Rustlers, Cutthroats, Murderers, Bounty Hunters, Desperados, Mugs, Pugs, Thugs, Nitwits, Halfwits, Dimwits, Vipers, Snipers, Con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, Muggers, Buggerers, Bushwackers, Hornswogglers, Horse thieves, Bull dykes, Train robbers, Bank robbers, Asskickers, Shitkickers, and METHODISTS!"

Posted by caltechgirl at May 29, 2008 09:15 PM | TrackBack

Love Harvey. He's always been one of a handful of actors who could make me laugh without saying anything. He didn't have to; a rare actor and comedian, he could transport us with facial expressions and those piercing eyes.

I wish they'd run the old Carol Burnett shows again; there's no duo like Tim and Harvey.

Posted by: pam at May 30, 2008 05:13 AM

Lovely, CTG! And a manual trackback.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at May 30, 2008 06:07 AM

And there was never a funnier combination than Korman and Conway.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at May 30, 2008 06:08 AM