Some moments in television history, like fine wine, only get better with age. The Carol Burnett Show’s comic skit «The Dentist» exemplifies this. It continues to make people laugh generation after generation, cementing its place as one of the funniest television moments of all time.
In just eleven years, The Carol Burnett Show won 25 Emmy Awards, eight Golden Globes, and made a number of comedians famous. It is still regarded as one of the most prestigious programs in television history.
«The Dentist,» starring comedians Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, is its most well-known and funny skit. One of those scenes you can’t get out of your mind. Conway and Korman are fighting back tears while watching the act because it is so amusing.
The patient Korman in «The Dentist» is suffering from a severe toothache. When he goes to the dentist on a Sunday, he discovers that Conway, his normal dentist’s nephew, is filling in for him.
Korman will be the dentist’s first patient because he recently graduated from dental school. The frightened dentist does everything he can to get his first client to leave or just get a cleaning, even lying to him and telling him that at dentistry school, he only extracted teeth on animals and got Cs. However, Korman is in too much pain to care about any of the justifications.
Conway is obliged to examine a manual to determine how to extract his patient’s teeth. During the process, he accidentally injects Novocain into his hand. The numb hand causes a succession of amusing mistakes. Korman frequently hides his face behind his hands to avoid breaking character.
Conway later admitted that Korman was laughing so hard to himself during the scenario that he wet his pants. Oh, that’s amusing. Furthermore, he would later reveal that the sketch was partially inspired by a military dentist he had seen in person.
Nearly everything was numb by the time the comedy was over, save for the audience’s laughter and the patient’s mouth. Obviously, the comedy is intended to make people laugh, but you’ll have to watch to find out if the patient’s tooth is ever actually pulled out.
The ridicule of a horrible dental experience can be related to by the majority of people, right? From 1967 to 1978, The Carrol Burnett Show entertained audiences with realistic, family-friendly, and non-partisan comedy. It’s simple to understand why this priceless piece of television history continues to amuse viewers of all ages.
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