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What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

A Young George Carlin and an Old Lucy Perform with Carol Burnett

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The Carol Burnett Show is up there with Murphy Brown, The Phil Silvers Show, and Moonlighting as shows that were massive hits during their [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story' by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett's new memoir Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story comes out this week and is now available as hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook. In the book, Burnett recounts her experience of motherhood in the televised comedy spotlight. Her daughter Carrie won over Burnett's audience with kindness and charm but struggled with personal issues and addiction. Burnett and her daughter went public with Carrie's addiction and her eventual recovery, and the girl acheived success in adulthood, but after battling with cancer Carrie died in 2002 at the age of 38. Burnett's touching tribute to her daughter is an opportunity to read a talented [...]

America Meets Buddy Hackett, Carol Burnett, and Woody Allen with 'Stanley'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Remember a few years a back when 30 Rock was still on and they would do the occasional live episode? Remember the excitement [...]

Carol Burnett Will Receive the Mark Twain Humor Prize This Year

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is going to Carol Burnett this year, the Kennedy Center announced today. The lifetime achievement award, given out annually by the Kennedy Center, is the most prestigious accolade in comedy, and this is the 15th anniversary of the prize. Past recipients have included Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and, more recently, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey. Burnett, who turned 80 this year, is best known for her long-running TV variety show, which aired for 11 years on CBS from 1967 to 1978. In addition to the show, she has had an eclectic career that has seen her working as an author [...]

Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett on Why They Appreciate Each Other's Comedy

Comedy fans should be convinced that Mary Norton wrote The Borrowers in 1952 just so that it could be made into a Japanese movie in 2010 which would be re-voiced for its North American release, all so we could get this interview with Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett. Norton knew what she was doing. And now we have this clip of Amy Poehler talking about how much she loved the sense of play evident in The Carol Burnett Show, and Carol Burnett talking about how glad she is that female comedians are accepted today without needing to act zany or masculine, and it is magical. Way to go, [...]

Carol Burnett Received the Mark Twain Prize Last Night

Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was award the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night in Washington D.C., and was celebrated by stars like Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Julie Andrews, and former Twain winner Tina Fey, who sang the opening number. Burnett starred for 11 years on the The Carol Burnett Show, a variety/sketch show that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and won 25 Emmys in the course of its run. The Mark Twain Prize was founded 16 years ago by the Kennedy Center, but this wasn't the first time they had tried to honor Burnett. “They asked me quite a few times," the 80-year-old told [...]

Carol Burnett Has an Incredible Story About Getting Her First Break

Living comedy legend Carol Burnett, who turned 80 today, went on The Tonight Show earlier this week and shared a fascinating story about her first break in the entertainment industry in the 1950s, which involves a mysterious millionaire. (via The Comedy Bureau)