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Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08

Stilly River Sage 29 May 08 - 09:59 PM
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Subject: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 May 08 - 09:59 PM

Oh! The stars over Hollywood are dimmer tonight, Harvey Korman, the perfect partner for Carol Burnett, has died!

'Carol Burnett' star Harvey Korman dies at 81
From Associated Press
May 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday. He was 81.

Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations.

"He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father," daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He had a very good sense of humor in real life. "

A natural second banana, Korman gained attention on "The Danny Kaye Show," appearing in skits with the star. He joined the show in its second season in 1964 and continued until it was canceled in 1967. That same year he became a cast member in the first season of "The Carol Burnett Show."

Burnett and Korman developed into the perfect pair with their burlesques of classic movies such as "Gone With the Wind" and soap operas like "As the World Turns" (their version was called "As the Stomach Turns").

Another recurring skit featured them as "Ed and Eunice," a staid married couple who were constantly at odds with the wife's mother (a young Vickie Lawrence in a gray wig). In "Old Folks at Home," they were a combative married couple bedeviled by Lawrence as Burnett's troublesome young sister.

Korman revealed the secret to the long-running show's success in a 2005 interview: "We were an ensemble, and Carol had the most incredible attitude. I've never worked with a star of that magnitude who was willing to give so much away."

Burnett was devastated by Korman's death, said her assistant, Angie Horejsi.

"She loved Harvey very much," Horejsi said.

After 10 successful seasons, Korman left Burnett's show in 1977 for his own series. Dick Van Dyke took his place, but the chemistry was lacking and the Burnett show was canceled two years later. "The Harvey Korman Show" also failed, as did other series starring the actor.

"It takes a certain type of person to be a television star," he said in that 2005 interview. "I didn't have whatever that is. I come across as kind of snobbish and maybe a little too bright. ... Give me something bizarre to play or put me in a dress and I'm fine."

His most memorable film role was as the outlandish Hedley Lamarr (who was endlessly exasperated when people called him Hedy) in Mel Brooks' 1974 Western satire, "Blazing Saddles."

"A world without Harvey Korman - it's a more serious world," Brooks told the AP on Thursday. "It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we'd crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh."

He also appeared in the Brooks comedies "High Anxiety," "The History of the World Part I" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It," as well as two "Pink Panther" moves, "Trail of the Pink Panther" in 1982 and "Curse of the Pink Panther" in 1983.

Korman's other films included "Gypsy," "Huckleberry Finn" (as the King), "Herbie Goes Bananas" and "Bud and Lou" (as legendary straightman Bud Abbott to Buddy Hackett's Lou Costello). He also provided the voice of Dictabird in the 1994 live-action feature "The Flintstones."

In television, Korman guest-starred in dozens of series including "The Donna Reed Show," "Dr. Kildare," "Perry Mason," "The Wild Wild West," "The Muppet Show," "The Love Boat," "The Roseanne Show" and "Burke's Law."

In their '70s, he and Tim Conway, one of his Burnett show co-stars, toured the country with their show "Tim Conway and Harvey Korman: Together Again." They did 120 shows a year, sometimes as many as six or eight in a weekend.

Korman had an operation in late January on a non-cancerous brain tumor and pulled through "with flying colors," Kate Korman said. Less than a day after coming home, he was re-admitted because of the ruptured aneurysm and was given a few hours to live. But he survived for another four months.

"He fought until the very end. He didn't want to die. He fought for months and months," said Kate Korman.

Harvey Herschel Korman was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Chicago. He left college for service in the U.S. Navy, resuming his studies afterward at the Goodman School of Drama at the Chicago Art Institute. After four years, he decided to try New York.

"For the next 13 years I tried to get on Broadway, on off-Broadway, under or beside Broadway," he told a reporter in 1971.

He had no luck and had to support himself as a restaurant cashier. Finally, in desperation, he and a friend formed a nightclub comedy act.

"We were fired our first night in a club, between the first and second shows," he recalled.

After returning to Chicago, Korman decided to try Hollywood, reasoning that "at least I'd feel warm and comfortable while I failed."

For three years he sold cars and worked as a doorman at a movie theater. Then he landed the job with Kaye.

In 1960 Korman married Donna Elhart and they had two children, Maria and Christopher. They divorced in 1977. Two more children, Katherine and Laura, were born of his 1982 marriage to Deborah Fritz.

In addition to his daughter Kate, he is survived by his wife and the three other children.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Nick E
Date: 29 May 08 - 10:06 PM

A short pause in the laughter for one funny guy.
now comtinue as he would want...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 May 08 - 10:52 PM

Beat me here with the same obit Maggie..................

Just one of my all-time favorite guys and must be one of the greatest "Second Bananas" of all time. A great ensemble cast with Carol leading and Harvey anchoring.......He and Tim Conway had one of those great relationships which made it all the better. Fine actor and all-around funny man.......Very sad.

Thanks for all the laughs Hedy......

That's HEDLEY, you provincial putz...

......uh, yeah, right........Sorry.....................

Raisinettes!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 May 08 - 12:35 AM

You said it, Spaw! This is damn sad, but what a guy!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 08 - 02:31 AM

One of the most delightful aspects of the Carol Burnett Show was how Harvey had to fight to not break up, especially with Tim Conway in the skit. Didn't everyone watch Harvey squirm in the chair as Tim the inept dentist accidentally stabbed himself again and again with the novacaine needle?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 30 May 08 - 02:49 AM

What a wonderfully funny man who will be missed by many. Rest in peace Mr. Korman - you were loved and respected. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: gnu
Date: 30 May 08 - 06:43 AM

One of the best. RIP.

SRS... novacaine needle... oh YEAH!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 May 08 - 06:52 AM

Harvey and Tim.......Another pair of funnymen who were great friends and one always cracked the other up. Korman could play straight beautifully until Tim showed up. They say this was true in real life as well. No one could keep Harvey Korman breathless and speechless, doubled over in laughter, like Tim.

That's a neat phenomena that's not without famous precedent. The two Dons, Adams and Rickles, had a relationship like that. Adams just laughed at anything Rickles did. The most famous pair was Jack Benny and George Burns. George Burns could crack up Benny simply by looking at him. Burns saw JB walking down the street toward him so he stopped and looked straight up in the air. Benny, by the time he got there, was also looking up and asked what George saw. Burns said, "Nothing......I just didn't want to look at your socks." Reportedly Benny was on the ground at one point, laughing without control.

Also related here is that HK seemed to have a mutual laugh society when working with Mel Brooks. The following from the LA Times obit:

"I had some real problems working with Harvey," Brooks told The Times on Thursday. "I used to look past his eyes. . . . If our eyes met, that's the end of the take. We would break up."


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: topical tom
Date: 30 May 08 - 07:30 AM

Thanks for the laughter. Rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: kendall
Date: 30 May 08 - 07:33 AM

Harvey Korman and Tim Conway, two of the funniest ever...together.

Their skit on fairy tales made me laugh right out loud.

I was a bit shocked to see that Korman had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I have one of those myself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Becca72
Date: 30 May 08 - 10:10 AM

The Carol Burnett show was a favorite of mine as a child and I loved everything Harvey and Tim did. Sad to see him go.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 08 - 10:14 AM

Harvey in the dentist chair


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Tweed
Date: 31 May 08 - 09:41 AM

I hadn't seen that in a long time Stilly. Still just as funny as it ever was. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 May 08 - 11:56 AM

Thanks for all the laughter, Harvey Korman.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 May 08 - 07:22 PM

What a great sketch! I don't know if I ever saw that one. Thanks, Maggie!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Jun 08 - 12:43 AM

That sketch, if you saw it once, you remember forever. It's like hearing the Smothers Brothers sing "Streets of Laredo."

"I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy,
You see by my outfit that I'm a cowboy, too. . . "

Those things seem to go straight to long-term easily accessible memory. Maybe it's because you're laughing so hard you're packing it into the memory more firmly.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Comedian Harvey Korman - May 29,'08
From: RangerSteve
Date: 01 Jun 08 - 10:00 AM

My favorites: the Ed and Eunice skits and the series with Burnett as the Queen, Korman as her husband and Conway as a brain-dead palace guard. Korman, as the straight man, never had the best lines, but he knew how to keep things going for the others.


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