Monday, June 2, 2008

Been and Gone: Harvey Korman, RIP

Sketch comedy great Harvey Korman has died at the age of 81, and respect must be paid. He was a regular cast member of Carol Burnett and Friends and, most importantly, he was a major part of my childhood. Korman is best known for being unable to keep a straight face during his sketches with Tim Conway. But not in an irritating, self-satisfied way like Jimmy Fallon on SNL. Korman really couldn't help himself, and watching him try not to laugh became a regular part of any sketch he and Conway were in. And I swear that Korman's portrayal of Yiddish grandmother Mother Marcus is the reason that, even though I'm a gay, I love big boobs so much.

Below, perhaps Korman's best role, that of Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.

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