Thursday, May 29, 2008

R.I.P. Harvey Korman

'Carol Burnett' star Harvey Korman dies at 81
LOS ANGELES - Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show" and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in "Blazing Saddles," died Thursday. He was 81.

Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations.

"He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father," daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He had a very good sense of humor in real life."

It was back when TV was still reaching for the biggest possible audiences -- in a friendly and non-sleazy way -- and variety shows were still (allowed) on TV.

He made me laugh so much.

We tend to think that someone doing something silly on TV is an easy thing that anyone can do. It's not. It's the incredible talent that makes it look easy. He was one of the best.

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