Carol Burnett bloopers, with special guests Dick Van Dyke and Betty White

Some fun Carol Burnett outtakes. My favorite is probably the first one, even though I’ve never been a great fan of the Momma’s Family segment.


Tim Conway is brilliant in this, as always. Dick Van Dyke and Betty White also make an appearance.

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  • That was the sketch when I realized they were trying to break each other up just as much as they were trying to get audience laughs.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    thanks for the (uncensored) version!

  • Oh my god, the puppet! I’d forgotten about that one!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    snark aside, I used to really like the carol burnett show, and you’re right — never has a cast been more focused on trying to make each other laugh

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Harvey almost appears in pain in this one:

  • FLL

    Below is a link to the full elephant sketch, which I believe Tim Conway did unscripted, without warning Carol Burnett beforehand.

    “This elephant had this little dwarf trainer, and he used to put a little ballerina skirt on that elephant… There was a rumor going around the circus that…that dwarf and the elephant were lovers.”

  • From the interviews, apparently Tim Conway was the worst in behaving, because he loved making Lyle Waggoner and Harvey Korman* break up on-camera.

    (* = Sadly, Korman passed away in 2008. Hedley Lamarr will be missed.)

    Here’s the absolutely classic sketch with all three of them, with Waggoner as a captured American soldier being interrogated by a pair of SS officers. I absolutely lose all composure every time I’ve seen it. And so do Korman and Wagonner, apparently.

    (The puppet. Oh my god, the puppet…)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I love old movies, and she was the queen of old movies.

  • keirmeister

    Oh, how I miss that genuine comedy. It was always great watching them try their hardest to not laugh…and it only made it worse.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    What, you couldn’t find any good Hee Haw clips? Milton Berle’s vaudeville act not on YouTube yet?


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