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Rest In Peace Harvey Korman

Hey guys, Quint here. I guess it's that time. We've had a string of deaths in the last few weeks. Dick Martin, John Phillip Law, Sydney Pollack, Alexander Courage, Bebe Barron and others have died in recent weeks. Harvey Korman died today at the age of 81. I most fondly remember him from his work with Mel Brooks. BLAZING SADDLES was a big deal for me as a young teenager. It was a movie made before my time that was funnier than the outlandish R-rated comedies of my day. It pushed envelopes and made a statement about race relations hidden so well in satire and gut-busting off color jokes. Harvey Korman played the baddie with the unfortunate name of Hedley Lamarr. The man infused the role with a kind of manic energy that really sold whatever gag was on the page. In a lesser actor's hands, that role would have fallen flat, but he was able to make Hedy (That's HEDLEY!) cartoony, but believable. He really fit that character into the world. His work in HIGH ANXIETY is likewise excellent as well as HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1. I especially loved what he did in HIGH ANXIETY, the bit where he pretended to be a werewolf always cracked me up. Korman will also be remembered for his work on the Carol Burnett Show. That one was a little before my time, but I do remember his own show THE HARVEY KORMAN SHOW, which reran during my childhood. And then, of course, there's the infamous appearance on the fascinating trainwreck that is The Star Wars Christmas Special. He toured a lot with Tim Conway, they had a two-man show for the longest time. I've always heard great things about them together, but I never got the chance to see the show. I was always a little sad I didn't see him in much after DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT (not the shining example of Korman and Brooks' collaborations, but he was funny as always). I will miss his talent and unique comic timing. My thoughts will be with Mr. Korman's friends, family and fans.



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  • May 29, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    First

    by themasterofnonsense

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I missed seeing him and Conway on their tour...

    by Phimseto

    ...I had no idea they were coming to town and when I read the review after the fact, I was so angry. The guy was a master comedian, and one of those actors whose presence made you enjoy even a bad film.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    That's Hedley!

    by Phenom

    R.I.P. Some great comedy, my man.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I am usually a sarcastic bastard...

    by themasterofnonsense

    but this REALLY sucks! RIP Harvey!

  • May 29, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    by Chaka!

    Very sad ... he was amazing

  • May 29, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Lots of death lately

    by TooWhippy

    Like the death of a franchise (Indy)

  • May 29, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Harvey, Harvey, Harvey...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Sorry to hear the news. Now who will I cast opposite John Mahoney in my dream "Raymond & Peter" movie?

  • May 29, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Too much bondage...

    by Gunslinger1919

    ...not enough discipline!

  • May 29, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    High Anxiety

    by Jonas Grumpy

    I've always thought that - perhaps - Gene Wilder was supposed to star. When he wouldn't/couldn't, Mel took over. Watch it again and imagine Gene in the lead. You'll see what I mean.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Go do that voodoo you do...

    by EARTH

    ....SO WELL! I'll miss you buddy.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    We'll need a truck....

    by Gunslinger1919

    ....a biiiiiiig truck....

  • May 29, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Gazoo!

    by Jonas Grumpy

    How could you forget to mention his work on the Flintstones, dum-dums?!?

  • May 29, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Lily, Lily, Legs, Lily...

    by VictorNewman

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Korman. Thanks for the laughs.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    This blows.

    by Lucasblows

    RIP

  • May 29, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Whenever I fake laugh...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...I always choke on an imaginary piece of hard candy. Thanks, Harv!

  • May 29, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Will be missed.

    by mrfan

    The man had some of the best comedic timing I have ever seen. Loved his television and movie roles. His chemistry with Tim Conway was terrific. Sorry to see him go. Thanks for the laughs Harvey.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    His Rhett Butler...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...was better than Clark's!

  • May 29, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Great Gazoo!!!!

    by Jinxo

    That just stinks! He was so funny. A classic member of the Mel Brooks team, the Burnnett team... I'm not sure there is anything funnier than watching Tim Conway intentionally wrecking him on air, making him laugh while he's trying so hard not to. Watching him fight that fight was brutally funny.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Who broke up more on camera...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...Korman & Conway, or Fallon & Sanz?

  • May 29, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The Carol Burnett Show

    by buffywrestling

    was one of my first forays into comedy, back when I was too little to stay up and watch Carson. Harvey's Dentist appointment with Tim is a true classic sketch - saw it recently and still laughed my ass off. Mama's Family - not the latter spin off but the orignal skits - could be amazingly funny and heartbreaking at turns.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Another great talent, who will be greatly missed.

    by Gd00

    What a sad year is this.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    goodnight funnyman

    by bacci40

    everyday, the world gets a little less funny...according to news reports, he fought to the very end...that was harvey, fighting for every last laff...the archive of american tv has some great stuff with him and conway...funny never ages

  • May 29, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    using Fallon and Sanz in the same breath as Korman and Conway...

    by VictorNewman

    is like cooking up the juiciest, tastiest steak in the world...and smearing dog feces all over it

  • May 29, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    He was one of the greats...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    His performances in the Mel Brooks films and Carol Burnett show are some of the funniest. A true comedic talent that will be sorely missed.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    LAND LAND LAND.....SEE SNATCH

    by Flint420

    Thanks Harvey, you'll surely be missed

  • May 29, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    no worries joeelliott

    by VictorNewman

    wasnt my quote to begin with

  • May 29, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    That sucks. This was before his time.

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    I know he was 81, but with he was still funny and very with it, the world would have benefitted with having Harvey around a few more years.

  • May 29, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    As the Stomach Turns

    by Imzadi

    I loved his role as Mother Marcus.

  • May 29, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    wait...that doesnt make sense

    by VictorNewman

    nevermind

  • May 29, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    FALLON IS ABOUT AS FUNNY AS CANCER

    by Flint420

    Horatio was merely ok

  • May 29, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Korman/Conway's dentist sketch

    by VictorNewman

    funnier than the last 4 seasons on SNL put together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9T8i4FkNVo

  • May 29, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    His ditzy secretary in Blazing Saddles was so hot....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...she made me dizzy. Sweet dreams Sir...

  • May 29, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    The best part of Korman with Conway

    by Manos

    was watching Tim Conway try to crack him up on the Carol Burnett Show. Once the two of them got going, it was all over. He will be missed.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:06 p.m. CST

    gone to that great fruit cup in the sky

    by occula

    he was such an integral part of my comedy childhood...i'll never understand how he didn't crack up during that sequence with mel brooks as the governor in his office, with the paddleball. hope he's having a martini with dick martin right now.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    o my christ

    by occula

    thank you for posting that youtubeage. i'm literally sick from laughing so hard.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    One of the Greats

    by odysseus

    R.I.P.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    "Hey, everybody!"

    by Darkman

    "Guess who's got high anxiety!" The line isn't much here, but Korman's delivery sells it. <br><br> He will be missed.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Now go do that voodoo that you do so well!

    by Rev. Slappy

    I am old enough to barely remember the old Carol Burnett show. Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were just sensational.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    RIP, thanks for the laughs!

    by Powerring

    It's been a rough month for Hollywood icons. Add another: ALM DESERT, California (AP) -- Joseph Pevney, who directed some of the best-loved episodes of the original "Star Trek" television series, has died. He was 96.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    "You look likt the Piss Boy!"

    by G00mp

    He was hilarious, RIP

  • May 29, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    he was THE GREAT GAZOO on the Flintstones

    by Groothewarrior

    he always called Fred and Barney dummies i remember him in an old movie that was on tv in the 70s called Americathon...rest in peace sir.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Oh piss boy?

    by Yelnick McWaWa

    The Mo-nay, the mo-nay! I guess someone had to pay for the Holiday Special. Funny bastard. Who next, Cloris Leachmen?

  • May 29, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    The World...

    by TCSailor

    ...is a much less funny place now. A stupendously funny man and he didn't force anything, sold the most outlandish and crazy material and we all bought it. That was true talent. RIP, sir.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    hedley!!!

    by surprider

    rip mr.korman....and thank you for being part of my childhood..thats hedley!!!!

  • May 29, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I don't post often

    by liljuniorbrown

    But I have to say that this is one talented man that will be greatly missed. Mr.Korman is one of those people that could make people laugh,no matter what kind of comedy you lean towards. I think i'll light one up and watch Blazing Saddles this weekend just fot him,and the still living but under appreciated Cleavon Little. Rest in Peace Headly.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Blazing Saddles

    by toadkillerdog

    The funniest movie of all time, and Korman played a huge part in that. He will be missed/

  • May 29, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 REALLY nuked the fridge

    by Prossor

    everyones falling like flies yikes!

  • May 29, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Damn Shame

    by Scuzzy

    I'm pretty cynical these days, but this one is tough. The man was a genious in his genre. I too wished I had gotten out to see him and Conway on their last tour. We missed it and I told my wife that if they did it again the next year that I would pay just about any price for it. Fucking missed him and now it's too late. Of all his great work in film, it's HIGH ANXIETY that will always be the first thing that I think of. The scene with Mel Brooks where he's trying to demonstrate that allegedly recovered patient still has sudden psychotic episodes is one of the funniest fucking scenes in any of the Mel Brooks films. So the first thing that always pops into my head when I see/hear Korman is him with those plastic werewolf teeth standing behind Mel Brooks. Silly memory for someone like me that grew up watching the Carol Burnett Show and so much of his other work. One of the handful of people I never thought much about being old and gone and I'm rather surprised about how taken aback I was by the news.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    ...And you look like a bucket of shit

    by Scuzzy

    ahhh...the pissboy. Wait for the shake.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Cleavon Little...

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    ... died in 1992 at the tender age of 52. Maddie Kahn is gone too. Slim Pickins also. It's the Curse of Blazing Saddles.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    On the Carol Burnet show.....

    by closeencounter

    I remember Korman trying to control his laughter while Tim Conway was doing some hilarious stuff. Watching him trying to control himself was some of the funniest stuff I have ever seen. R.I.P. Mr. Korman.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Bye bye dumb dumbs

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    RIP Gazoo. Hedly, say hi to Sheriff Bart.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    "Don't get saucy with me, Bernaise."

    by Liberty Valance

    This guy's got a thousand quotable lines, all with pitch-perfect delivery. He was a pure comedian. Rest in peace, Harv.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    RIP...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    Man, this sucks...

  • May 29, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    "Daddy love Froggy. Froggy love Daddy?" squeak, squeak!

    by Zardoz

    I will be quoting that line until the day that I die...Rest in peace, and thanks for all the laughs, Mr. Korman.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • May 29, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Him and Conway on the Carol Burnett Show

    by mr.underwater

    Were fucking comedic gold (at least to me at that age). RIP

  • May 29, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I am bummed!

    by EbertsFatThumb

    I always loved watching Harvey Korman. Grew up watching the Carol Burnett show every week as a kid and of course the Mel Brook movies. God why did it have to be Harvey!?! Why not take George Lucas instead! The tragedy! The tragedy.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Korman was a genius

    by Teddy Artery

    He'll be sorely missed, and none will ever come close to his level of comedic delivery again.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Fantastic talent, unmatched.

    by Lerkst

    Harvey was a genius; his timing and his poise were what Bill Murray and the future kings of comedy ended up emulating. Blazing Saddles is still the funniest film ever made, and its because of his performance. If just known for that role, he would still be a legend. So long, Harvey, it's been a great ride.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I have spent a great deal of time...

    by KazamaSmokers

    ...editing all the web reviews of Harvey Keitel movies to replace the word "Keitel" with "Korman". For instance: I recently had the pleasure of renting 1992's "The Bad Lieutenant". Harvey Korman plays an unnamed New York City lieutenant who's a lot worse than the criminals who infest his streets. A womanizer, drug abuser, alcoholic, and gambler, the bad (and unnamed) lieutenant epitomizes corruption and decadence. When his chance at redemption comes as the result of the brutal rape of a nun, is there anything left within him to redeem? If a movie could survive on the force of a single performance, Bad Lieutenant would be it. Harvey Korman throws himself into his role with undisputed gusto. He is never upstaged; in fact, most of the time when he's on-screen, whoever happens to be sharing the scene is virtually invisible. Korman holds nothing back! Even though Korman's lieutenant appears to have hit bottom by the time the movie opens, he still manages to find new depths to sink to. The chillingly realistic final scene snaps everything back into focus. During this extended denouement, there's a lot of wierd religious symbology and Harvey Korman in an unnecessarily graphic rape scene. At least the mood isn't unremittingly bleak. There are numerous instances of black humor. Nevertheless, aside from Korman's often over-the-top and always brilliant performance, there's little of value in Bad Lieutenant. As good as the lead actor is, he's not enough to save this picture from landing on the scrap-heap of uninspired, derivative, and grotesquely distasteful character studies. Ferrara is definitely no Martin Scorsese.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    KazamaSmokers : Thats right! I loved him as Mr. White

    by EbertsFatThumb

    Picturing Harvey Korman naked in The Piano though.... Ewwwwwww

  • May 29, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    God had better give him an "Harump!"

    by Vim Fuego

    Blazing Saddles was the first Video I ever rented. Mainly due to the farting scene (I'm English; What are you gonna do?), but Mr Korman was spectacularly funny in that role. "Schmucks"!

  • May 29, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    :(

    by gotilk

    no

  • May 29, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Count De Money! Deee-monaaayy...

    by Bones

    "You look like the piss-boy!"<p> "You look like a bucket of shit!"<p> <p> Mel Brooks movies. The Carol Burnette show. He was one of the greatest comedic actors of all time. He will be missed

  • May 29, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    The chillingly realistic final scene snaps e"During this extende

    by KazamaSmokers

    Don't you wish it were true?

  • May 29, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Take two...

    by KazamaSmokers

    "The chillingly realistic final scene snaps everything back into focus. During this extended denouement, there's a lot of wierd religious symbology and Harvey Korman in an unnecessarily graphic rape scene". again.. don't you wish it were true?

  • May 29, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Here is why Harvey was so great

    by EbertsFatThumb

    I read through all of these comments and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has been positive. In a room of cynics as large as AICN that is pretty cool.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    This one hurts...

    by Major Hockshtetter

    Lots of little reminders that I'm getting older lately (not the least of which is a lackluster Indy film but I digress). My father, brother, n' I would literally roar and piss ourselves at this guy's antics, be it on the Burnette show or in a Brooks film, whatever he touched was comedy gold. His severly tetched performance as Dr. Montegue in High Anxiety will alwasy be my favorite, watching he n' Chloris Leachman seethe with psychosexual ecstacy - - - "Meet me in my room after dinner." "I can't, I'm going to turn in early." "I'll let you wear my underwear." "I'll be there!" He comes from a long line of classic TV/nightclub comics and I fear his breed is something that's lost forever. I don't even want to imagine how depressed I'll be when Mel Brooks passes...

  • May 29, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Used his tongue purtier than a twenty dollar whore!

    by b15fliptop

    Rest in peace, Mr. Korman. I'll always cherish the memories of your shenanigans...

  • May 29, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Final Crisis indeed

    by messi

    all these motherfuckers are dying. i wonder if they will be reborn as part of the fifth world.

  • ought to be shot or rent the videos if you want to laugh... The funniest thing that made me crack up... Carol Burnett Show....Tim conway as the little old man,,, running a malt shop. He makes Harvey a milkshake....Harvey tries to cover up his laughter and mumbles under his breath....... "Mash Potatoes"... Pure comic reaction....

  • May 29, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, and Ben Stiller

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

    still live while one of the funniest men ever passes on. Truly sad...

  • May 29, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I took care of him these last few months...

    by jaga

    <p>I can tell you that as recently as a week ago, even in the condition he was in, he could make you laugh. Even without speaking.</p> <p>He was the ultimate straight man. I would tell him horribly unfunny stories while treating him and you could tell he appreciated the diversion... BUT... He would kill you with the dead pan stare and eye roll that he could still manage.</p> <p>Occasionally he and I would conspire to have him throw things at people or at least flip them off. Most of the time it didn't work because he was so weak, but damn if it wasn't funny. I'm glad I met him.</p>

  • May 29, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    A legend

    by bradlm

    Most kids today will never know the joy of watching him on the "Carol Burnett Show", trying his best to crack up his fellow performers. I guess today it would seem silly and unprofessional, but those shows were a riot and made for MUST-SEE viewing before NBC trademarked the phrase. To go from that to the incredible performance in "Blazing Saddles", still the funniest movie ever made, and several more with Mel, etched Harvery Korman forever in my mind as a true comic genius. Time takes all, great or not, but for those like Harvey, they leave us with a smile when we think of them. RIP Harvey Korman, you made me laugh.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I hope when I die

    by kamar

    the people that mourn me will say, "He made me laugh." I can think of no finer compliment. Thank you Harvey Korman, you made me laugh.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    This friggin' thing is warped!

    by Hiker Dood

    A true giant and a genius. Some of my best laughs as a kid were from watching him and Tim Conway on the Carol Burnet show. He'll be missed.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    jaga: hope you basked in the glory

    by kevinwillis.net

    Few men are as brilliant as Korman. And, Quint, if you haven't seen much of the Carol Burnett show, you really need to check it out. Classic sketch comedy, as there never was before and never will be again. Lightning in a bottle (for well over a decade, to be sure, but still, lightning in a bottle). Korman was brilliant, as were Burnett and Conway. Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Wagner could certainly shine in their own ways, too. But it was a brilliant show. And the Gone with the Wind Parody still gives me laugh-induced seizures. Jeeze, all of them. <br><br>Go watch the entire run of the Carol Burnett Show. Now. All of you.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Too Soon!!!

    by kevinwillis.net

    It had to be said. If any comedian should have lived to be 200 (and in strapping, robust health all the while), it was Korman. What a genius!

  • May 29, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr. Korman

    by Darth_Kaos

    My two favorite comedies of all time are Airplane! and Blazing Saddles. Like many, Blazing Saddles was my first R rated movie, my Father took me and a friend to see it. (I saw it during a re-release in 80's - the movie actually came out in 1973). Anyway, I remember laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe. The small theater was packed, and it was the first and only time that I truly had an awesome time watching a movie with other people. It was so fun. He was awesome. Think I'll watch it this weekend.<br><br> Rest In Peace, Mr Korman.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    OMG! How many people died this week?!?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    That's like FIVE!

  • May 29, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Harvey Korman by El Flaco

    by HarrysTitCheese

    Bizarre...for the first time in years I thought of the old punk song "Harvey Korman" by Austin band El Flaco this morning.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    PBS Had A Docu On Carol Burnett And Harvey Korman Was A Guest

    by Red Dawn Don

    On the PBS show Harvey told an odd story about himself from when he was on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. He said he was being a real grump and was even rude to that week's GUEST STAR. Well news of this got back to CAROL and she called him into her office. She then told him to go home and come back tomorrow with a new attitude or else quit the show. Harvey said that this scared the crap out of him. So when he returned he was determined to be a different person. When he got to his dressing room he was surprised to see CAROL had a professional sign screwed to his door that described what she wanted. The sign read "MR. HAPPY GO LUCKY". This was a nice way of her saying straighten up or ship out. Strange but true. I never would have thought HK would have been a grouch. But then I never would have thought MacLean Stevenson (Colonel Blake) was the pain on the M*A*S*H set that he is accused of being.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    COUNT THE MONEY! COUNT THE MONEY!

    by ArcadianDS

    Thats De-Mon-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!<p> *rolls eyes*<p> a man blessed with the power to create joy in abundance, and to share it with others. We are lesser without him.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Man, oh man

    by enoodle123

    I remember Korman and Conway on the Burnett show on reruns when I was a kid. I had no idea they were reruns. I remember them killing each other, trying to outdo each other, and that was my introduction to sketch comedy. Wonderful performer. A massive loss.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    DONT FORGET AMERICATHON!!!!

    by sally kramer

    Korman made you forget how bad that piece of shit was - i remember seeing that on hbo in the 80s and have been looking for it ever since because of him - this guy was on my top 5 list of all time comedy legends - he was SPLENDID!

  • May 29, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    I Worked With Harvey Korman

    by Media Messiah

    When I was a child I had the honor of working with Mr. Korman...and I wanted to tell you all something that his family already knows...that he was a real gentleman and very kind. There is no greater tribute than to be rightly remembered as a good soul.<BR><BR> The world is less of a place without you Harvey!!! Until we meet again...bye for now.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    How did he do such great stunts...

    by TheMahone

    With such little feet? Man, this one hurts. I can't believe how sad this makes me. I remember growing up watching reruns of The Carol Burnett Show, but most of all I'll remember his Mel Brooks stuff. My father's a huge Brooks fan, and we spent many, many moments together laughing at Hedy and Count DeMoney. I'm sorry. That's Hedly. And DeMonet. Anyway, I'll have to give my old man a call tomorrow and hook up for another Blazing Saddles viewing this weekend. Think of your secretary...

  • May 29, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    wait for the shake

    by sokitome

    holy shit! who ever quoted that line here thank you, I had totally forgotten that line...fucking comedy genius RIP Harvey and say hi to God for me in heaven.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the laughter...

    by kname2

    I'm old enough to recall much of Korman's work and glad of it. Yes, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and so on were great comdies for sure. But, I will always recall him breaking up on the Carol Burnett Show most often due to Tim Conway's antics causing a cascade of laughs through the others trying to keep a straight face as well, Vicki Lawrence excepted. She always managed somehow. Then there is his work on The Flintstones...oddly enough his work here is what really sticks out to me. Granted I love animation, but he held his own against the legendary Mel Blanc (yet another comedic genius capable of destroying co-stars onstage/camera). I can hear Korman now..."Goodbye dumb dumbs,..." Thanks for a lifetime of laughs Mr. Korman!

  • May 29, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Thank you Harvey

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    You always made me laugh sir. Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett made me love sketch comedy. Lyle Waggoner not so much. Thanks Mr. Korman.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Anyone else read this as "Harmony Korine?"

    by InspectorDoppler

    Ribbit. RIP, Mr. Korman.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I hope Harvey and Slim...

    by KelseysNuts

    ... and Ms Kahn and Mr Little are having a great time at the Number 6 dance. He was a truly funny man. I never missed an episode of the Carol Burnett Show. As for Blazing Saddles - simply one of the best.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    How did he do such wonderful stunts with such little feet?

    by Orionsangels

    one of the funniest guys who ever lived. thanks for the laughs RIP

  • May 29, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Okay THIS one hits home.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Sydney Pollack was "wow", but I grew up watching Harvey. Dammit! I absolutely LOVED that man. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. But his stuff with Tim Conway was brilliant.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Thanks Mr.Korman

    by KCViking

    for bringing the healing power of laughter to millions of us! R.I.P. sir.You earned it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 29, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    "Gentlemen, please! Rest your sphincters..."

    by SpyGuy

    Rest In Peace, Harvey. Here's hoping the Academy finally gives you a posthumous award for Best Supporting Actor...

  • May 29, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    What the HELL is

    by codymr

    Going on this week! Every time I turn around someone drops dead. Man O man.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Damn.

    by Alen Smithee

    "We've reached that age where life stops giving us things, and starts taking them away." - IJAKOCS You will be greatly missed sir.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I've been acused of being rascist for liking Blazing Saddles....

    by The Dum Guy

    But, I thought fuck it...<br><br>R.I.P.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    "Why did you list rape twice?"

    by Billyeveryteen

    "I like rape."<p>Good lord, that's some funny shit.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Sad.....

    by Nuking the Fridge

    A shame, I never met the man. True Comedic Genius. I loved his work with Tim Conway.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • May 29, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    A true loss...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...I remember watching him on the Carol Burnett Show when grandma would babysit me. Years later I saw him in things like Blazing Saddles and his other Mel Brooks works and was always entertained. RIP, Mr. Korman. Keep Don Knotts in line until Tim Conway gets up there, ok?

  • May 29, 2008, 11:44 p.m. CST

    "chewing gum on line?"

    by chainsaw1974

    im sure he brought enough for everyone while waiting to get thrue the pearly gates.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    AICN never reports what killed a celebrity

    by Orionsangels

    Damn it, I wanna know what's killing my favorite celebs.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    I think it is special to be exposed to this kind of funny

    by Luna Moth

    when you're a kid. I remember watching the Carol Burnett Show when I was, like, 5. So much waaaaay over my head; so much, though, that I did get. "Oh, Missus a-Whiggins!"

  • May 30, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Fuck!

    by DrBanner

    Horrible news. Hedley Lamarr is one of my favorite movie characters of all time. And I used to love watching him and Tim Conway crack each other up on the Carol Burnett Show. Godspeed.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:26 a.m. CST

    jaga...thx for sharing

    by bacci40

    thx for making his remaining time comfortable...i know many here think 81 is not that young to go, but i think in mr korman's case it was...his body failed him, but his mind and his wit was still there, and it was his mind and wit that we all admired...

  • May 30, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    A total class act. A true comedy giant.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Wow what a fucking loss. RIP Mr Korman.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Comedy Gold

    by Dark Knight Lite

    When Tim Conway cracked Korman up during a bit on the old Carol Burnett Show. Instead of editing that stuff out, they just let it run.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Jeez No more Death!

    by ricardomontalkhan

    Harvey was Brilliant. I used the love the way he'd break character and crack up at Tim Conway on "The Carol Burnett Show." RIP hey check out the great tribute to Harvey on this great new blog on blogspot. it's called: thebitterproducer

  • May 30, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    if Kor=Bird then I am sad

    by dtpena

    very sad

  • May 30, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    "monday..splendid"

    by disfigurehead

    .

  • May 30, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by fassbinder79

    We love you, Harvey.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    'My mind is a raging torrrrent,

    by Negator76

    ... flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives!" Harvey Korman, you were as funny as Madeline Kahn was funny/sexy. Which is to say: Unmatchable. Inimitable. Enough with the waterfall of creative alternatives! You were fuckin' great. Funny is funny. Welcome, sir, to Valhalla for the funny. The poor bastards here on earth are gonna miss you.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST

    looks like everyone agrrees Harvey made the grade

    by Groothewarrior

    if only we had a million more like him

  • Been a sad week really for the passing of folks - Harvey was a funny funny man, never better than when he worked with Mel (although I too never saw his double act). R.I.P Mr. Korman.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:22 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • May 30, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace--what a great life!

    by heyscot

    My mom used to watch the Carol Burnett show all the time. I was a little kid when I watched it, but I still remember those skits where Korman would totally crack up. He was a great talent. What a great life!

  • May 30, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    All together now:

    by palimpsest

    I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Add one more

    by NoahTall

    Robert Asprin also passed away. And I still have no clue why it hasn't been posted to this site. And farewell Harvey. You often made me laugh my ass off.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr Korman

    by palimpsest

    IS it just me, or would he have been perfect as a live-action Dick Dastardly?

  • May 30, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I love Harvey Korman

    by I am the most horrible

    RIP

  • May 30, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    The werewolf scene in high anxiety is classic cinema

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Man this guy was incredibly funny and talented. RIP and thanks for the laughs.....

  • May 30, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Taxi!........drive me off this picture.

    by otm shank

    Excuse me. You dropped you're beads. Student? Pain in the ass! LOL Thanks for the full on belly laughs Mr. Korman. RIP.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    One of the greats

    by deadboy1313

    He has given me more laughs than any comedian alive today. Harvey, thank you for the joy you brought into my life, whether it was on Carol's Show, or one of your many films. I have to watch Blazing Saddles every month and it never gets old. Let me reserve tickets now for whatever cloud he and the Three Stooges are performing on. We'll miss you Hedy! (THAT'S ........)

  • May 30, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Mickey Rooney still lives

    by Orionsangels

  • May 30, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    "I never liked her...she never bathed!"

    by AnnoyYou

    RIP, Mr. Korman - you made me laugh like a loon.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Somehow this makes me fear the days...

    by notgeorgekaplan

    ...when some of my other favorite actors/directors/writers which I dare not even name here (would consider it bad luck) will pass. Law, Pollack, Courage...and now Harvey Korman. This makes me sad and also realize that all my favorites are getting older (..and fewer).

  • May 30, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Froggie loves Daddy? Daddy loves Froggie?

    by Jay Jay

    Ribbit!

  • May 30, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    ABE VIGODA LAUGHS AT YOU ALL!!

    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • May 30, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by StarskyandHushky

    He was one of those people that it was always a pleasure to see show up, in anything. Even if the total product was below par, he always made the cut with a nailed performance. I loved seeing the name appear on the credits ever since Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety. So, goodbye Mr. Korman, may you snatch all the land you need in the afterlife.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    R.I.P.

    by Stalkeye

    At least he lived to be 81, many of us are not certain to make it past 71 depending on certain risk factors.That aside Korman and Conway was the best thing about carol burnett.<p> The Abe vigoda comment never gets old.XD

  • May 30, 2008, 3:11 a.m. CST

    "Shhh it's all right, just a man and a horse being hung"

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    "So what have you done" <p/>"Cattle stampeding" <p/>"That's not much of a crime" <p/>"Through the vatican?!" <p/>"Kinky! Sign here."

  • May 30, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST

    To continue my previous post, RIP Harv...

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Easily one of my fav comedy character actors. Bizarre, but the last thing I saw him in was Diagnosis Murder! Ok, can't believe I just admitted that.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    "Go do that voodoo that you do..."

    by ianlegend

    "...so well!" I thought he was already dead. Which makes me even sadder.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Where's my frog?

    by redfist

    RIP sir.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Where's my frog?

    by redfist

    RIP sir.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:54 a.m. CST

    "Froggy Love Daddy?"

    by KillaKane

    RIP, he was a fantastic comic actor, one of my personal favourites of Mel Brook's ensemble, condolences to his family and friends.

  • May 30, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Rockridge...Rockridge...splendid!

    by Fortunesfool

    RIP. That is all.

  • May 30, 2008, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Shame.

    by Yeti

    I'll always remember him with Tim Conway cracking each other up (and desperately trying not to let it show to no avail) on Carol Burnett.

  • May 30, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Kazamasmokers - that's Brilliant!

    by Napoleon Park

    Editing on line reviews and replacing Harvey Keitel with Harvey Korman.<p>I'm picturing the end of Thelma and Louise where they drive off the cliff and he stands there watching, trying not to break up laughing.

  • May 30, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Wait for the shake, pissboy!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

  • May 30, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    "Wait for the shake, pissboy!"

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    What an underrated, yet prolific comedic genius! He'll be greatly missed... but at least we have many hours of his hilarious stuff to keep us laughing forever. Thank God my kids will know of the great Harvey Korman!

  • May 30, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Blazing Saddles= funniest film ever!!

    by Gabba-UK

    I will today get it on DVD, replacing my very worn VHS. It was still funny with a poor picture. I will watch it and raise a glass to Hedey Lamarr. 'Now go do that voodoo that you do soooo weeeellllll!!!' class.

  • May 30, 2008, 5:05 a.m. CST

    R I P : (

    by alice 13

    the man made me laugh so much. what a gift. ty.

  • May 30, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    'When I first came here...

    by Gunslinger1919

    ...I was having sharp pains in my neck and had nightmares about werewolves..." When Korman started shooting paperclips at the guy and donned the plastic teeth I nearly shit a brick! --G

  • May 30, 2008, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace Harvey

    by MontyPigeon

    You were involved in possibly the greatest comedy of all time. Thanks for your work and thanks for making me laugh from childhood until the present day.

  • May 30, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    That's HEDLEY!

    by palewook

    Now go do that voodoo that you do so well..

  • Saint Peter: "Are you kidding?" Harvey: "Pain in the ass!" as he walks on through. Thanks for the laughs, pal. You will be missed.

  • May 30, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I meant and asks, "Student?"

    by westie

  • May 30, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    "...Shitkicker..."

    by Blanket-Man

    Even his off-hand comments in Blazing Saddles were hilarious. Korman is a huge reason it still ranks as my all-time favorite comedy (seems I'm not alone around here in that regard) - I'm pretty sure I could quote Hedley's every line in that flick. I grew up watching Carol Burnett, and he and Conway were amazingly funny. RIP, Mr. Korman - I hope there is an endless supply of Raisinettes in heaven!

  • May 30, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Ditto on the dentist sketch with Conway

    by Moonwatcher

  • May 30, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    oh ah broken heart

    by Chicken Thunder

    bill murray enjoys the panadeine forte too.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Give the Governor a Harumph

    by MrInsidious

    Great character, great comedic timing, RIP Harvey, thanks for all the laughs.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    RIP Harvey

    by JamesT

    I loved when he would get Tim and Carol to crack up during their skits.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Korman....

    by just pillow talk

    I always found him to be quite funny.<p>And like JamesT said, it was always a riot when they would lose it during their skits.<p>Blazing Saddles = FUNNY shit.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Such wonderful delivery....

    by Mrelia

    Hedley Lamarr: I want you to round up every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the west. Take this down.... I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists! I wish I could find the Carol Burnette show on DVD.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST

    RIP, condolences to his family

    by tiredpm

    As always, movies take you to a place in your memory and the death of Mr. Korman reminds me where I first saw Blazing Saddles: at my Gran's house in Scotland, with my Gran completely unaware of what she'd let me and my brother stay up to see. While the campfire scene was the part we remembered the next day, Mr Korman's lines are the ones that make me laugh the hardest nowadays. A sad day.

  • May 30, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Count Da Money

    by optimous_douche

    De Monet, De Monet...Piss off.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Very sad

    by Drunken Rage

    A very funny, talented man. He will be missed.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    There is NO Harvey Keitel movie...

    by KazamaSmokers

    ... that is not made instantly and infinitely better by mentally replacing Keitel with Korman. Especially Red Dragon.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Strange

    by Lou Stools

    A few weeks back I DVR'd Blazing Saddles and have since had Korman randomly popping up in my thoughts. RIP Prof. Balls

  • May 30, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I don't remember who it was, but...

    by Mosquito March

    ...a guest on Leno (I think) years ago told a story about how he'd moved into a new home, and answered the door one night to find Harvey Korman standing on his porch crying and asking if he could come inside and look around the house. I wish I could remember. It was a weird story.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Get your pies for the great piefight!

    by 2for2true

    ...what the fuck..... Blazing Saddles = funniest movie ever. It snackcakes them all....

  • May 30, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Sux

    by radio1_mike

    Geez, I will dig up my old reply... Harvey Korman is dead and Carrot Top is still alive-- no justice! I always enjoyed Harvey (and Tim), no matter what they did... The thing that sticks in my mind, about Harvey was his TV commercial with Tim around 1980. Post has just introduced their Fruit&Fiber cereal. Except Post used 'Fibre' as the spelling for fiber... Harvey: "New Cereal by Post, Fruit and Fiber" Tim: "No, Fruit and Fee-Bray" Good stuff...

  • May 30, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    "It's not HEDY, it's HEDLEY. Hedley Lamarr."

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    "What are you worried about? This is 1876! You'll be able to sue HER!!!" Godammit this one hurts. "Comic Genius" are not strong enough words to describe this man.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    This Sucks!

    by ricardomontalkhan

    This news hit me harder then I thought it would. I'm really upset. Korman was a big part of my childhood. My friend did an amazing tribute to korman on his blogspot blog. it's called: thebitterproducer

  • May 30, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST

    This sucks

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    And John Locke died too last night.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember Munchies?

    by Sithdan

    It was a 1987 Gremlins knock off, but I remember Korman played two different roles in that film. It was a guilty plessure during childhood.

  • May 30, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    "PISSBOY?"

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Jews in Space

  • May 30, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    This does suck :(

    by wowsucks

    We are starting to lose the great ones!

  • May 30, 2008, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Darn it.

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    One of the great straight men, absolutely. But for me, it was the shot in "Blazing Saddles" as he sits in the theatre, watching Cleavon Little ride up to the marquee - and Korman's reaction shot: Spewing raisenettes and popcorn while still managing to blurt out a garbled "SHIT!", kicking and fumbling to get out of that chair and make his despicable, dastardly, chicken-shit escape......funny-ass stuff.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    "Ditto...?"

    by DocPazuzu

    "DITTO?!?! You provincial PUTZ!"

  • May 30, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    That's not rain...

    by LordOfTheThings

    No wonder it's raining here right now. God just pissed himself laughing. Rest in peace, Mr. Korman.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    "Head them off at the pass?!?"

    by Blanket-Man

    "I HATE that cliche'!"

  • May 30, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    The Carol Burnett Show...

    by Codename V

    ...was a great showcase for he and Tim Conway. It was always fun to watch them try not to crack up while playing their roles. Fond memories of my childhood watching re-runs of that show... R.I.P. Harvey Korman.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    "I don't want any more of that margarine."

    by LaneMyersClassic

    If you know that line, then you know the Carol Burnett skit that makes me laugh every time I think about it. It's a spoof of those old Imperial Margarine commercials where you taste some of the margarine and a crown appears on your head. Harvey is sitting down to dinner with his family when he takes a bite of the margarine and a crown appears on his head. They then take it one step further and have a medieval court advisor come into his dining room and whisper in his ear, "Word has it there's a plot to kill the king!" After which a medieval assassin stabs him in the back with a dagger. As he is dying on his dinner table, he utters the above line... comic...genius.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Google-Box Johnson is right!

    by BonafidePaterFamilius

    Google-Box, that's my personal favorite Korman moment in Blazing Saddles. I didn't realize until hearing this news how much I loved the guy as a kid. He was truly a rare treat, especially these days where comedy is predominantly biting sarcasm, making jokes at the expense of others and, 'hey, remember this pop culture reference from 20 years ago?' He went whole hog into every role like a true professional. I gotta say I'm a little choked up. And, in closing, "I hired you boys to get a little track laid, not jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots."

  • May 30, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    His last words...

    by banbury

    "How did he do such fantastic stunts, with such little feet...?" A sad day.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by theonecalledshoe

    I'm a big fan of his work too. I keep on thinking of his work with Mel Brooks and I laugh. Any word what Brooks had to say about him?

  • May 30, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    A GREAT Comedian...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I loved watching he and Tim Conway on The Carol Burnett Show when I was growing up. The truly funny guy was obviously will be missed a lot.<p>'Bye, Harvey! :)

  • May 30, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    lanemyersclassic

    by ArcadianDS

    thanks for that - one of the funniest one-line gags in the history of televised sketch. We should blaze a giant pyre to Mr Korman's memory and fuel it with SNL dvds.

  • May 30, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    by Ishkabibble

    I've been reading this site for many years and never felt compelled to post in talkback until now. IMO, Blazing Saddles is hands-down the funniest movie I have ever seen. Harvey Korman's work in it is pure fucking comedic genius. I'm glad to see so many folks here share that opinion. I honestly think that he was robbed of that almost-certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

  • May 30, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Count de Money sez

    by Larry Jay

    ....ah, ah ah, Wait for the shake! DE MONET DE MONET!!!! Quintessential comic genius. Always the bright spot in anything he appeared in. Such a loss.

  • May 30, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    He was awesome

    by Smurfette

    RIP

  • May 30, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Damn, damn, damn!!!!!

    by Ninja Nerd

    Man, this is a sad two weeks or so. A LOT of folks whose work has meant so much to me have died. Now, Harvey Korman. Shit on a stick, this is just awful. I'm old enough to have seen Carol Burnett in first run, so I've seen some of those shows so many times, I can tell you every line. Probably the best sketch comedy group there ever was. Even some of the "weaker" stuff still outshines everything else that has come since, and I'm including the first few seasons of SNL; just can't compare. And a LOT of that is absolutely due to the genius of Harvey Korman. As for the Mel Brooks material, I love it all, but 'High Anxiety' is my favorite. The werewolf bit, the boxing referee bit with Mel and Dr. LittleOldMan (that's lil-ole-men!) and ALL of the scenes with Cloris Leachman are gold. Well, I know what I'm doing this weekend...watching some Harvey and raising a glass or six to the memory of a first class entertainer and gentleman.

  • May 30, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, despera

    by Bensmitty234

    Could you repeat that sir?

  • May 30, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Too Much Bondage, not enough discipline

    by jtp8000

    One of the funniest Korman lines ever. Will always remember Conway doing whatever he could to get Korman to lose it on the Burnett Show

  • May 30, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    "Baby, you are so talented..."

    by pokadoo

    I know that's Cleavon Little, but so what. RIP Heady. I mean HeadLy!

  • May 30, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I also thought it was Harmony Korine

    by pokadoo

    ...at first glance.

  • May 30, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    RIP, my man

    by teedadawg

    Korman was one of the great comedians of his generation. Just amazing.

  • May 30, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    theonecalledshoe...what mel said

    by bacci40

    "A world without Harvey Korman—it's a more serious world"

  • May 30, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    The werewolf scene in HIGH ANXIETY was the best

    by Tacom

    What's great is he actually does look kind of scary with the fake fangs and his eyes so crazed!

  • May 30, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    He made me laugh!

    by mbeemer

    And I think that is one of the best gifts any person can give another. Bravo, sir! RIP.

  • May 30, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Taggort, take this down...

    by idahomer

    The scene with Slim Pickins...<p> http://tinyurl.com/46s5oy

  • May 30, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Carol Burnett Show

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Considering her show first went on the air back in 1967, I'm actually surprised that it took this long for a cast member to die. I now wonder when the next cast member will depart, and how soon after that will it take someone to proclaim, "The Curse of Carol." Let's all hope neither happens for a long, long while.

  • May 30, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    High Anxiety

    by Jonas Grumpy

    The scene with the camera looking up from under the glass table, but Harvey and Chloris keep setting items in the way, causing the camera to constantly shift to a new vantage point. Too fuckin' hilarious.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Jonas Grumpy

    by EriamJH

    CLASSIC parody of Hitchcock's unique camera angle. The last line from Leachman gets me everytime. "Strudel?" CLANK.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    "Ah yes, the DR Gillespie killings".

    by Keith Maniac

    Funny, funny guy, R.I.P.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Korman was Gazoo!

    by ricardomontalkhan

    People forget, but his first major role was as "The Great Gazoo" on The Flintstones." Hey there's a great tribute to Korman on blogspot. Go to: thebitterproducer

  • May 30, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    "Frankly Starlet...

    by Kid Z

    ..."I don't g-"

  • May 30, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Sad news! RIP

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    He was genius in Blazin' Saddles.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    weird Harvey Korman story

    by treewarrior

    i was watching the tonight show, probably the eighties, Harvey Korman was the guest, and when Carson introduced him, Korman came out all suave and debonair in a tux. he comes over to Carson, leans over, takes Carson's chin in his hand and tries to kiss him on the cheek. Johnny was taken aback and quickly pulled away. Harvey smiles, waves at the crowd, and walks to the couch, back straight, still suave and debonair. the interview went fine, but the intro was definitely weird. thinking back on it, Korman was probably goofing around with Carson but Johnny was still pretty freaked. oh, yeah, RIP Harvey, he will be missed.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    My absolute fave

    by houndog

    There are so many moments and lines that Mr. Korman made special, but the one image I can never get out of my head is a soap opera take off on the Burnett show where he played Male Nurse Peterson. He's dressed just like a regular male nurse, white scrubs 1960's era, but he has on this huge white nurses cap with a big red cross on it and everyone snickers whenever he enters the room. Absolute genius, absolute courage onstage and on film. What more can one say?

  • May 30, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    These comedy icons from my youth,

    by skimn

    he and Dick Martin, passing away within days of each other...damn, those award show obits are going to be five minutes long this year.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks for being classy and respectful.

    by butterbean

    Not that my opinon means anything, but so many times I've lurked on this website and there has been so much bile and hating going on, even about the dead, I'd just like to say thanks for being a nice bunch today concerning Harvey. He was a comedy genius.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    truly sad

    by strosmer

    Looks like High Anxiety has already been mentioned numerous times, but I'll never forget him being lashed by Cloris Leachman in that one. Also love it when he starts getting it on with the statue in his office in Blazing Saddles. A great comedic talent who will be dearly missed.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of momma's family BUT...

    by Vergil

    "There's going to be a rabbit epidemic!" Kills me everytime.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    EriamJH

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Wait... "High Anxiety" was spoofing Hitchcock? Really? Wow. How did Mel manage to satirize a Will Smith movie that wouldn't even be made for another 30 years? That's friggin' genius, I tell you what.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    "Those Who are tardy do not get fruit cup"

    by FlyingToupee

    I hope there's lot of fruit cup in heaven. Rest in peace, Mr. Korman.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Mr. Korman, you will be missed.

    by Violator90

    Man, I was bummed when I here he past this morning. I watched him and Tim Conway just busting each other laugh on re-runs of The Carol Burnett Show. Those times were some of most funniest times I have ever see and some of my best time of life. With all these so called "comedians, Korman was truly the real deal. If all these so call "kings of comedy" springing every few year, I would say that Korman was a "god of comedy." R.I.P. Harv, the world was a bit bright with you in it.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Thank'ee kindly for all the laughs Harvey...

    by morGoth

    ...Blazing Saddles was a great role for you but my favorites were the many routines with Carol Burnett. God bless ya Harvey Korman, you will be missed.

  • May 30, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Harvey Keitel is a great actor.

    by crackerfarmboy

    I loved him in Taxi Driver, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction.

  • May 30, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    He was best straight man, ever.

    by Turd Furgusen

    Their will never be another HK. He had a rare ability to play it straight yet give you a glimmer of humor through the eyes. His ability to deliver a line with earnest under the most ridiculous circumstances was Genius.(capital "g" intended)<p> Even though we didn't get a lot from him in his later years, his TV/filmography will give me smiles til' I'm ready for the great beyond. <p> My sincere sympathies to his friends and family. <p> Tim Conway just lost his #1 fan.

  • May 30, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    i'll miss you, harvey

    by redfishbluefish

    you were brilliant. see you in another life

  • May 30, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    This makes me very sad, and dreading the inevitable..

    by br1947

    Mel Brooks can't be very far behind, I've been dreading that for a very long time, this just kinda reinforces it. When he goes, a massive part of cinema will be gone forever. Harvey Korman was a fantastic actor, if he's remembered for not else other than Hedley Lamarr, that's still more than most actors ever achieve.

  • May 31, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    A shame tha Blazing Saddles coud not be

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    made today. Jesse "Hymietown" Jackson and Al racist Sharpton would cry foul. Then Spike, who thinks he owns the word nigger, would also chime in. Consider this, a hardcore remake with Sam the Man as Sheriff Badmotherfucker Bart. It'd be a hell of a lot shorter cause Sam don't take no crap.

  • May 31, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    "Where's my froggy?"

    by DocPazuzu

    What a funny, funny bastard. I grew up with the Carol Burnett show and the best of the Mel Brooks movies. Korman is the only comedic actor I've ever seen who goes so utterly full tilt into his characters no matter how outrageous the lines. Jim Carrey does it to a certain extent, but relies on shameless gurning to get the point across. Korman did it perfectly straight and with that venomous edge which made it even more hilarious. His turns in Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety are comedy GOLD. <p> Special mention also goes to the one single funny moment in Dracula Dead and Loving It when Korman's Jack Seward is asked if he has the book, "Nosferatu", to which he replies: "Yes, we have Nosferatu - we have Nosferatu today!" It's a HORRIBLE joke but Korman turned it into a gem anyway. <p> I have a great-uncle who was a television producer in the 1970s and he said that Korman (and Conway) was a wonderful person and stayed in touch with him decades after they stopped working together. <p> R.I.P.

  • May 31, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    A true legend in comedy.

    by darquelyte

    The way that he'd sometimes lose it when Conway went over the top was part of what made him so special. RIP.

  • May 31, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    The voice of The Great Gazoo!

    by fiester

    Don't forget: he was the voice of the little green man from The Flintstones. Though the addition of a space man might be viewed by some as a jumping the shark moment, I always found the dry sarcasm Corman brought to the character hilarious. R.I.P., dumb-dumb.

  • May 31, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    RIP You dum dums!!!!!!

    by rogueleader66

    To the man I will always know as The Great Gazoo, and so many other classic comedies and TV bits.

  • May 31, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Harvey Korman was...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...the Phil Hartman of the '70s. Funny guy who could also be the straight man. Comedic ACTOR. Main difference: Phil didn't crack up on camera (that I ever saw).

  • May 31, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Now both Abbotts & Costellos are gone...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Forget thee not: Harvey played Bud to Buddy Hackett's Lou in a late-'70s TV movie. I don't remember if it was any good or not, or how accurate the performances were. The one thing that sticks out in my mind is a pre-WKRP Richard Sanders playing the doc who had to tell Lou that his son had drowned. That is all.

  • May 31, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    PS: Gazoo

    by Jonas Grumpy

    *I* first referenced Harvey's Gazoo role in the 13th post in this talkback, before anyone else. Dum-dums!

  • May 31, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    PSS : Gazoo

    by EbertsFatThumb

    Sorry Jonas but I referenced Harvey's Gazoo role before you were even born. Dum-dum! I am praying to God you were joking otherwise paint a big "L" on your forehead.

  • May 31, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Bodet

    by DocPazuzu

    You can count me in. Jonathan Winters is awesome. Didn't he go to the rubber room for a while?

  • May 31, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    In the End

    by toxicbuddha

    All that needs to be said is that he was one funny motherfucker. You get to leave here with that said about you, you did alright. Hoist a glass to him his work and his memory.

  • May 31, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Love Jonathan Winters

    by mrfan

    Count mrfan as a fan of his work.

  • May 31, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Korman was a genius!

    by ricardomontalkhan

    hey cats, there's a great tribute to korman on blogspot. type in thebitterproducer

  • June 1, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    goodnite hedy.

    by dr.bulber

    ...

  • June 1, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    You teutonic twat...

    by papabendi

    Blazzing Saddles is one of my all time favourites and Harvey Kormen was a big reason for that. He stole the entire film.

  • June 1, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    "You will be risking your lives..."

    by Rendell

    " whilst I will be risking an almost-certain Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor!"

  • June 1, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    "Maybe I could turn this thing into my advantage..."

    by Rendell

    "if I could find a sheriff who so offends the citizens of Rock Ridge that his very *appearance* would drive them out of town. [looking into space in the direction of the camera, lost in thought] But where would I find such a man? [into the camera, to the audience] ... Why am I asking you? "

  • June 1, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    As a werewolf in High Anxiety

    by Behemoth

    I never laughed so hard at Korman as when he put in fake fangs and pretended to be a werewolf/wolfman in an attempt to drive his patient (who was terrified of Wolfmen) totally insane. I think he even flicked rubber bands at the guy from behind, too. That was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. And I've seen all your mothers.

  • June 1, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    shoulve won best supporting actor in blazing saddles

    by Prossor

    how crazy would that have been with that line

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