“Do you show the audience during the show?” a seemingly shy freckled woman asks in a 1967 opening segment of The Carol Burnett Show.
Burnett’s onstage in a bright yellow shirt and her eyes get a little wider when she answers the woman, “Sometimes we do, why? Do you want to be separated from this gentleman here?” The camera pans back and the woman and the gentleman both laugh, before Carol moves on to point out celebrities seated in the audience, including Elizabeth Montgomery and Ken Berry. Apart from seeing the hilarious live show, this was the moment many people in the audience had really showed up for. Keep reading on MeTV.com
“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” is a Southern Gothic murder ballad, written in 1972 by songwriter Bobby Russell and first recorded by his then wife, singer, comedian, and actress Vicki Lawrence. Lawrence’s version, from her 1973 album of the same name, went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 main chart after its release. I still have the 45 rpm of her song in my collection.
The original script called for Burnett to have the curtains tossed haphazardly over her shoulders, but Mackie decided that it would be funnier to create an actual dress and leave the hanger intact across her shoulders. He is slightly bitter all these years later that of all his magnificent creations, that “joke” dress has become his signature piece; of all the memorable glamorous gowns he’s created for celebrities over the decades, that curtain rod dress is the one that hangs in the Smithsonian.