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    R.I.P. Comedian Tim Conway

    He always had me in stitches on the Carol Burnett Show. Rest in peace, Tim.
    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    Saw him live many years ago with Tom Poston in The Odd Couple. They were fantastic together! A truly funny man, RIP.
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    Aw nuts!!!

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    Such totally fond memories of my youth. Very talented! RIP

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    One of the all time greats for sure. I got to see Conway and Don Knotts do a two man live show once. Knotts was pretty old at the time, and played the straight man to Conway's shenanigans, but it was a hilarious show. RIP Tim Conway.

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    Great memories from my youth. RIP.
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    RIP. Funny guy.

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    Wow... So sad to hear this. He was a really funny guy in everything I saw him in, and a real pro at it.

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    A comedic giant. Seemed like a genuinely nice guy, too.

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    Yeah, this one makes me pretty sad as well. His comedic timing was right up there with anyone else's.

    RIP Mr. Conway. They'll be teaching about you in comedy workshops forever.
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    RIP to a master of comedic acting and timing. I understand that the Burnett show would do tape two separate shows for each airing. In the first, the rule was to stick to the script. In the second, the cast had free rein to improvise in sketches. If take two worked better than take one, that's the one that would make the airwaves. Conway and Korman were in competition to crack each other up and though Korman was a stellar performer, Conway could push his buttons to crack up with ease. And then he'd keep up the pressure, piling on one screwball move after another until Harvey could barely recite his lines. Then there's the famous Mama's Family "Siamese elephants" skit where Tim destroyed everyone with a tall tale of two elephants attached at the trunk with Vickie Lawrence getting bleeped saying (in character) "are you sure that little asshole is finished". Makes me chuckle just thinking about it.
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    ^ Wow, Mama's Family... Hadn't thought of that show in years. I used to watch it as a kid, not knowing it originated from The Carol Burnett Show. I should rewatch both of those actually.

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    RIP. Tim's awesome. Totally spaced on that legendary Mama's Family moment.

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    Truly a comedic genius. Sorry to hear this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    RIP to a master of comedic acting and timing. I understand that the Burnett show would do tape two separate shows for each airing. In the first, the rule was to stick to the script. In the second, the cast had free rein to improvise in sketches. If take two worked better than take one, that's the one that would make the airwaves. Conway and Korman were in competition to crack each other up and though Korman was a stellar performer, Conway could push his buttons to crack up with ease. And then he'd keep up the pressure, piling on one screwball move after another until Harvey could barely recite his lines. Then there's the famous Mama's Family "Siamese elephants" skit where Tim destroyed everyone with a tall tale of two elephants attached at the trunk with Vickie Lawrence getting bleeped saying (in character) "are you sure that little asshole is finished". Makes me chuckle just thinking about it.
    Yes, that one has always stuck in my mind as well.
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    RIP Tim. He was one of my all time favorites. I loved watching Carol Burnett and he was just absolutely hilarious.


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    Can this be the swan song? The final elbow?

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    He was from Cleveland. He actually started his career working with Ernie Anderson, aka late night movie host Ghoulardi (and later, "the voice of ABC" during the 70's and 80's). Then, in the early 60's, Tim met Rose Marie, one of the stars of The Dick Van Dyke Show, when she came to town to do a promo thing at the local CBS affiliate (which is where Tim and Ernie worked), and she sort of helped him slip his foot in the door in Hollywood, which led to McHale's Navy and beyond. Incidentally, his real first name was Tom, but there was already an actor in Hollywood named Tom Conway, so he became Tim Conway thereafter.

    The sort of descendants of the late night movie show that Ernie Anderson did, Big Chuck and Lil John, regularly went out to LA to interview Ernie, who was and is still a legend here. One time, apparently, they called Tim to come over and take part, and upon Tim's arrival at Ernie's house, the two of them immediately fell into some hilarious improv comedy.

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    Comedic genius. Another huge loss this sad week.

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    He was one of the greats, without a doubt. Fearless, inventive, and with impeccable timing. The chemistry between him, Korman, Burnett, and Lawrence on the CB show was nothing short of incredible. RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggy_jazzer View Post
    He was one of the greats, without a doubt. Fearless, inventive, and with impeccable timing. The chemistry between him, Korman, Burnett, and Lawrence on the CB show was nothing short of incredible. RIP
    +1...well said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    That was absolutely hilarious!. I'm laughing at my desk at work. Tim was brilliant.
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    That kinda leaves Bob Newhart as the last of the old guard.....
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    Lets not forget the aforementioned Rose Marie. Check out her bio.

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