RIP - Harvey Korman

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Chip NoVaMac, May 29, 2008.

  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2003
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    #1
  2. Kashchei macrumors 65816

    Kashchei

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2002
    Location:
    Meat Space
    #2

    I second that. As a kid I looked forward to this show since it was so consistently funny and Harvey Korman was such a big part of this.
     
  3. iSaint macrumors 603

    iSaint

    Joined:
    May 26, 2004
    Location:
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    #3
    It was even funnier when he would start laughing during routines with Tim Conway, who always kept a straight face. They were a good crew together.
     
  4. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2003
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    #4
    That was what I was thinking of with the comment from the previous poster.

    Harvey Korman was such a perfect companion to Tim Conway. In some ways breaking the "fourth wall"; while keeping us in stitches.

    Oh, the days that sex did not have to sell a TV show! :(

    Just good comedy chemistry....
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

    gkarris

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2004
    Location:
    "No escape from Reality..."
    #5
    "The Star Wars Holiday Special"

    'nuff said.... :eek:
     
  6. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

    VideoFreek

    Joined:
    May 12, 2007
    Location:
    Philly
    #6
    My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

    Gal-darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a 20-dollar whore.



    Everytime I think of Harvey, a smile crosses my face. He'll be sorely missed.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Palookaville
    #7
    Here's a bit of Harvey Korman trivia: The name of the character he played in "Blazing Saddles" (the aforementioned "Hedley Lamarr"), led Mel Brooks to be sued -- by Heddy Lamar. Evidently they settled out of court, so preserving intact one of Korman's funniest roles.
     
  8. jecapaga macrumors 601

    jecapaga

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    Location:
    Southern California
    #8
    Definitely brings back such happy memories..how can you not appreciate his talents on that show. Him and Tim Conway...priceless really
     
  9. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    #9
    I guess the revolutionaries finally put Count Da Money to the guillotine. Sad news indeed.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #10
    So many great memories from Saturday nights in the 70s. RIP Mr, Korman.
     
  11. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    The good side of the grass.
    #11
    He made my growing up a much happier time. RIP Harvey.
     
  12. ziwi macrumors 65816

    ziwi

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Location:
    Right back where I started...
    #12
    I wonder what percentage of mambers here actually know of or remember him. Quite a funny guy, RIP.
     
  13. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2003
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    #14
    Evidently not many given so few comments here so far. I guess some of us are showing our true age here. :) LOL

    There is something to be said about a guy that can make you laugh with out resorting to profanity and the such. Tim Conway must be heart broken.
     
  14. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

    jonbravo77

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    #15
    True comedic talent. The comedians today do not even compare to what the likes of Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett. I am saddened by his passing and shall watch Blazing Saddles and History of the World Part I in his memory.

    Peace:cool:
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Palookaville
    #16
    We put "Blazing Saddles" on the DVD player last night. Korman was very funny in it of course, but I was reminded how many of the really big laughs in that movie came from the performance of the great Madeline Kahn. I don't recall her passing about ten years ago being much marked. One thing you can say about actors in film and TV though is that they leave a legacy that can't be erased. They've achieved a sort of immortality.
     
  16. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    The good side of the grass.
    #17
    I think you're right. Unfortunate that most of the what's out there today can't be as humorous, witty and genuinely talented without going gutter. Harvey and Tim could barely keep straight faces doing most of their skits which in turn started cascades of character breaking from others. Harvey would just look at Tim doing the Dorf routine and start cracking up.

    I remember growing up when Tim Conway was a regular and writer for the Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson) show on Ch. 8 in Cleveland and everyone was heartbroken when he moved to big time in Hollywood.
     
  17. MacNut macrumors Core

    MacNut

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    CT
    #18
    While I am younger and missed the boat by about 15 years, I have seen clips and I agree that the comedy they had really can't be matched in todays world. They did it without being raunchy or dirty jokes. I think my favorite is in the dentist office where Tim sticks himself with the Novocain and Harvey is trying to keep a straight face. You don't see comedy like that anymore when they are trying to make each other laugh more than the audience.
     
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Location:
    Palookaville
    #19
    Not everything on the Burnett show was that good but it definitely was a unique blend. TV sketch comedy has hardly ever been done so well (you'd have to go back to Sid Ceasar at least). Part of what made it work, in addition to the great cast and writing, was Carol Burnett's choice to let audience in on the gags by allowing the chemistry between the players to be in plain view. We liked to see Tim Conway's ad-libs crack up Harvey Korman because he was cracking us up too. On another show they might have done a retake, but Burnett saw that the spontaneity added a level of audience enjoyment that exceeded the humor by itself. Carol Burnett was brilliant, really, for seeing and understanding this aspect of TV comedy and for having the courage to let it happen. Harvey Korman benefited by being a part of all that. Even he admitted that his career didn't go anywhere after he left the Carol Burnett Show.
     
  19. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
  20. rhett7660 macrumors G4

    rhett7660

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    Location:
    Sunny, Southern California
    #21
    R.I.P.

    Man he made me laugh.... He will be missed.
     
  21. Raid macrumors 68020

    Raid

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2003
    Location:
    Toronto
    #22
    He portrayed true comedic talent. I have fond memories of Blazing Saddles and the Carol Burnett show (I especially remember the 'Bloopers' Episode done after the show ended). I even had a sound clips of Harvey (as Hedley Lamarr) saying "Kinky!" and "Daddy loves froggy. Froggy love Daddy?" for various event reminders back in days before OS 8. Always brought a smile to my face. :)
     

Share This Page