Christmas With Carol Burnett


Last week, PBS broadcasted the 16th Annual Mark Twain Award for Comedy, which honored the Queen of Sketch Comedy, Carol Burnett. As we know, this blog is a big fan of Carol Burnett, so I’m not biased at all when I say this is a much deserved award and a long time coming. Fortunately, I’m not the only one who worships Carol Burnett. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rashida Jones joined a cast of others to celebrate Carol Burnett’s incredible career and thank her for eleven years of The Carol Burnett Show. And fortunately the Burnett love doesn’t stop there. Time Life and Star Vista have released even more episodes of The Carol Burnett Show just in time for Christmas.

Carol Burnett never did official holiday shows, but the new Christmas With Carol DVD collects a handful of the best episodes and sketches she produced for the holiday seasons. Of course there are the greats–a painfully hilarious Mama’s Family sketch includes Eunice in ruffled Christmas garb screaming at her “odd” brother played by guest star Alan Alda. The second full episode also contains a Burnett standby: Mr. Tudbull and Mrs. Wiggins get drunk at the office Christmas party. However, the bonus songs are the best part. Carol’s take on the “Twelve Days After Christmas” includes the lyric: “The second day after Christmas, I pulled on the old rubber gloves,/And very gently wrung the necks of both the turtle doves.” But in case that’s to mean, there’s also a lovely version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by the Charwoman.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good Christmas special. It’s a tribute to Carol Burnett and I hope this means we’ll see even more episodes of The Carol Burnett Show released in the future. In the meantime, Merry Christmas from Mama’s Family to yours!

About Anne Marie Kelly

Classic Film history & restoration nerd. Writer of A Year With Kate and Women's Pictures for The Film Experience. Follow me on Twitter @WeRecycleMovies.
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