The musings of a politically incorrect dinosaur from a forgotten age where civility was the rule rather than the exception.
The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Tim Conways "Elephant Story Blooper".
I have this saved in my favorites on "YouTube", I ran across this a few years ago, the infamous "Elephant Story" from Tim Conway. I can watch that clip and bust out a laughing everytime. To try to see everyone try to hold their composure and not let on that they are laughing so hard. I don't know if they can do humor like this anymore. They didn't use any bad words except for "Momma", Vicki Lawrence's character,, she said one word toward the end.
the final season of The Carol Burnett Show during the Password sketch. Cast member Tim Conway
ad-libbed a story about elephants and cracked up his cast mates during
both the dress rehearsal and the final taping. In the first one he talks
about seeing an elephant with a dwarf trainer and mentioning that there
was a rumor going around the circus that the elephant and the trainer
were lovers, pushing Burnett, Lawrence, and Van Dyke to a breaking point
and hiding their faces from the audience. At one point the camera
focuses on Burnett and Lawrence staring at him in exasperation. Finally,
Burnett started swatting at Conway with the game card to get him to
stop. In the second one he talks about seeing a pair of Siamese
elephants during a trip to a freak show, describing in detail how they
were connected at the trunk and the sounds they made. The audience was
in hysterics the entire time while Burnett, Lawrence and Dick Van Dyke
desperately struggled to maintain composure, and even Conway is seen
trying to stifle his laughter numerous times. At one point Lawrence
looked at Burnett, started to look away, then did a quick look back at
her and had to turn away, breaking character and laughing. Several times
when Conway would stop, the rest of the cast would collect themselves,
at which point Conway would continue with his ad libbing, pushing them
again to the edge of breaking up. When Burnett managed to gain her
composure one last time, she turned to Lawrence to help get the script
moving again, to which Lawrence quipped (in character), "You sure that
little asshole's through?" At that point chaos ensued with the entire
cast breaking up and the audience was screaming with delight. Conway and
Van Dyke both fell off the ends of the couch to the floor laughing,
with Conway rolling around and Van Dyke lying flat on his back and
eventually sitting up. Burnett fell back onto the couch and can be seen
muttering to herself while shaking with laughter. Lawrence herself
managed to keep it together for only a few seconds after everyone fell
apart before cracking up herself. In an interview, Lawrence talks about
the famous sketch, recalling that it was her husband's suggestion to
"get" Conway when she found out between tapings that the elephant story
part of the sketch was being changed but was not given any details. The
director's only advice on it was "good luck". She also noted that it
was one of the rare occasions when she really cut loose on the show.
The Famous or "infamous" Elephant Story.
I watched it 2 times in a row and still busted out laughing.