In Such Good Company

In Such Good Company

Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show. Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation. Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including: • how the show almost didn't air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents; • how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; • anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; • the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show's opening Q&A; • and Carol's takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise. This audiobook is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.Includes cast interviews, a conversation with Dick Cavett from his show, and more!From the Compact Disc edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780735284876
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Burnett, Carol
OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 03, 2017

I would have to agree with a previous reader - this was a tedious slog. I loved the Carol Burnett show during its heydey and remember many of the skits and guest stars she describes in the audiobook. However, it is narrated in such a flat monotone, it was really disappointing. Carol herself narrates but there's no enthusiasm or energy in her narration and she repeats herself so often ("so glad our guest came to play in the sandbox"), it became irritating. She frequently described, in detail, various famous skits, which I recalled, but instead of providing the "background or inspiration," for the skit, she simply retold it. It really felt at times that she was simply adding filler. Overall, a disappointing read.

Oct 06, 2017

I have great memories of watching this show with my Mom. Carol's insights make me want to watch these shows with my kids!

Jul 08, 2017

I enjoyed Carol over the years. I hoped to get a behind the scene look at things. This was mostly.. Read script in the morning, had lunch, whispers watched All My Children.

May 27, 2017

Sadly, I found this book a bit tedious to get through. I was looking forward to Carol's wonderful sense of humour and a lively audio experience. However, she was flat. She read; she didn't perform.
Also, the stories were repetitive. Hearing "I was glad they (guest performer) came and played in the sandbox with us (regulars)" so many times was eye-rolling.
In the end, it all sounded like 11 years of fun, games, good times both at work and at home. What you get here is the show, in audio, read in an un-Carol-like flat tone with strange inflections.

Apr 10, 2017

In my younger years I delighted in Carol Burnett’s screwball characters and humour. So her recounting of all the on and off camera details was very entertaining. As well, I gained insight into her caring and generous personality through her narration. I thought the CD book might have actual sound clips from the show (it didn’t), but then – synchronicity! – PBS aired a 90 minute special of “Carol Burnett’s Favorites” which I recorded. Sweet.

Dec 12, 2016

In this memoir, Carol Burnett reminiscences about the eleven years, 1967 to 1978, that The Carol Burnett show ran on CBS. She gives a brief run-up about her career prior to 1966 when she and her then-husband, Joe Hamilton, used an option in her contract to have her own show. Carol talks about how they created the show, selected the regulars (Harvey Korman, Vickie Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway), and then shares behind-the-scenes stories about the most memorable guest stars (Lucille Ball, Alan Alda, and Betty White). She also recalls their most famous and infamous sketches that often became recurring episodes in later years. This book would be perfect for Carol Burnett fans who remember the show and the movies from the 1940s and 1950s that inspired many of their sketches.

trevordunfordswife Dec 06, 2016

Witty, warm and wonderful, it's as good as you could possibly imagine.


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