The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special – Opinion

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!”

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5 thoughts on “The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special – Opinion

  1. I watched to remember the Carol Burnett Show I watched as a child. What were all those guest stars doing there. They had nothing to do with the show. So very distracting and unnecessary. Isn’t there enough from all her many shows to just share those memories.

  2. I agree 100%. Those guest “stars” were totally unessasary and so annoying. I would have loved to see Carol with more people who were actually on the show! And don’t get me started on the obnoxious Stephen Cobert!

  3. This Anniversary show was not well done. I was sad and uncomfortable to watch the stiff delivery of most of the guests. Those who did not read the cue cards helped redeem this format, (Martin Short, Jim Carey & Vicki Lawrence) but when Amy Poehler said her name, “Amy” and then read her line that followed I wondered what had gone on backstage to make her seem so uncomfortable. Kaley Cuoco not only seemed uncomfortable she seemed irritated to be there….unengaged like a child forced to perform at a family gathering……”yes I’ll say what I need to but I won’t like it and you’ll know I’m not happy!” Maya Rudolf was great but at times seemed like the sibling who is trying to do a good job to cover up for whatever rancor is going on that everyone is trying to hide……but we all see it! Carol tried, but she was not at her best. I really wanted to LOVE this! The clips of the old shows were what kept me tuned in for the whole hour.

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