The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special airs December 3rd, 8pm on CBS.
It makes sense for the entertainment world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett’s classic, award-winning comedy series. Without The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live probably would have never existed and countless careers would never be launched. If social media was around in that era, clips from the weekly broadcast would have quickly gone viral. Burnett was truly a comedy trailblazer ahead of the times. This two hour special sees her reuniting with original cast members and special guests. The special actually filmed on the show’s original soundstage, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
Even if you’re not a fan of Carol Burnett (and who isn’t?) it’s really interesting to see her reminisce about her favorite sketches and do a Q&A with the studio audience. The many guest stars, like Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short are a big draw as well. They all stop by to recreate famous scenes and explain how the program paved their careers continues to have on television today as a true pioneer of sketch comedy.
“I can’t believe how fast the time went, and what makes me the happiest is that so much of the funny stuff we did still holds up today, and we can share it with generations to come,” said Burnett. “What a great ride!”