On The Carol Burnett Show, Tim Conway shares the story that made Harvey Korman get his pants wet

This iconic TV disaster occurred almost 50 years ago.
Certain bits of television history, like excellent wine, improve with age. That is absolutely true of The Carol Burnett Show’s comedic routine «The Dentist.» It still makes people laugh, proving that it was one of the best moments in television history.

What could go wrong in the dentist’s office?

The Carol Burnett Show won eight Golden Globes and 25 Emmy Awards in just eleven years, and it helped launch the careers of numerous comedians. It is still one of the most prestigious shows in television history.

«The Dentist,» starring Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, is still one of the show’s most popular and funniest bits. This is one of those scenes that you just can’t get out of your head. It’s so fantastic that Conway and Korman can’t stop laughing to get through the sketch.

«The Dentist» is about a patient named Korman who is suffering from a severe toothache. When he goes to the dentist on a Sunday, his regular dentist isn’t there, but his regular dentist’s nephew, Conway, is.

Korman will be his first patient after graduating from dentistry school. The nervous dentist does everything to convince his first patient to leave or simply get a cleaning, including telling him he’s only pulled teeth on animals and had Cs in dentistry school. Korman, on the other hand, is in too much misery to care about all the justifications.

Conway has no choice but to consult a handbook and attempt to extract his patient’s tooth. During the procedure, he mistakenly injects Novocain into his hand. The numb hand causes a funny accident after a hilarious mistake. It’s so funny that Korman had to cover his face several times to keep from laughing too much.

Conway would subsequently claim that Korman was laughing so hard at himself during the scenario that he soiled his pants. That’s what I call comedy. He’d also later say that the sketch was inspired by a military dentist he’d met in real life.

The dentist had numbed almost everything saving the patient’s mouth and the audience’s laughter by the end of the comedy. Clearly, the farce produced laughter, but you’ll have to wait to discover if the patient’s tooth was ever pulled.

Isn’t it true that everyone can relate to the ridicule of a horrible dental experience? From 1967 until 1978, The Carol Burnett Show managed to generate approachable, clean, non-political comedy that appealed to the public. It’s easy to see why this valuable piece of television history continues to entertain viewers of all ages.

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