Friday, September 16, 2016

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett
◊ Narrator: Carol Burnett
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 8 hours and 1 minute
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Humor, Entertainment
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Random House Audio
◊ Scheduled Release Date: September 13, 2016
◊ Language: English


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 11 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 airwaves. 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 some of the topics listeners want to know more about:
  • 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 friendships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy McDowall, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, 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
  • 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, and much more!

If you ever enjoyed the Carol Burnett Show, then this audio is a must have for your library especially since it’s narrated by the lovely and very talented Ms. Burnett herself.

With Ms. Burnett’s delightful way of entertaining, you will be in tears from laughter in no time. She even includes her famous Tarzan yell and the show’s closing song, I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together.

As Ms. Burnett explained how the show and actors came together, the wonderful scenes I remembered from my youth played through my mind’s eye. She tells how certain legendary skits came about. She also tells the work and the laughter that went into taping the show in front of a live studio audience.

The story is told in such a manner it takes you down memory lane revisiting the antics of the entertaining show along with the talented actors that were guests. Ms. Burnett relates the information in a conversational manner making you feel it’s your own personal one-on-one conversation with the actress.

IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY highlights why the Carol Burnett Show was a golden nugget of entertainment for families for 11 years. Ms. Burnett even explains why a variety show like that would not be possible today. This is a delightful story that will touch your heart and make you smile despite yourself.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett, Narrated by Carol Burnett, Random House Audio, @2016, ASIN: BO1JKBTZBY, Unabridged, Audible Audio Edition, Run Time: 8 Hours and 1 Minute

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Did you watch the Carol Burnett Show or catch it on reruns? If you’re a fan, do you have a favorite skit? I enjoyed the skits they did as Mama’s Family and As the Stomach Turns, but I’d say my favorite of all time was the scene with Carol as Scarlet and Harvey as Rhett. Do you remember which one I’m talking about?


  1. I know the name but have never seen the show. Indeed I am not certain it went to air in Oz.

  2. Oh, I've always enjoyed Carol Burnett, Mason! She's so very talented, and really broke comedy ground for women. This sounds like a great read, so thanks.

  3. We saw her on The Tonight Show recently. She's still so funny and going strong at 83. I'd definitely picking up this book.

  4. I read another book by her. She really fought to get to the top of her profession. I still laugh out loud every time I think of the Gone with the Wind skit with her wearing curtains - curtain rod and all. I can't believe she's 83.

  5. I bet there are a lot of comedic moments in this book!

  6. This book sounds like it would be a riot. :)

  7. I was planning to ask for the print version of this for Christmas (getting my hints together early) because I usually prefer to read than listen, but when I saw that Carol did the narration herself, I knew I had to have this one. Thanks for the heads up.


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