Harvey Korman
Comedian, actor
Harvey Korman
Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The Danny Kaye Show, but he is best remembered for his performances on the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show and in several films by Mel Brooks, most notably as Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.
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Conway and Korman's lives in comedy (2002)
CNN - 2 months
In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman talk about their long careers in comedy that includes working with the likes of Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks.
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Carol Burnett: In Such Good Company. A Review Without Having Read The Book.
Huffington Post - 5 months
Growing up in the seventies wasn’t all bad. Aside from the fact most of us now need the flashlight on our phones to read the ingredients in an energy bar, and we have no idea how to use Instagram, we can be comforted by one totally awesome perk: we got to watch The Carol Burnett Show as it happened. If you’re young enough to never have used the light on your phone as a reading aid, then I definitely pity you, as all you probably know of Carol Burnett comes from those late night thirty minute infomercials highlighting the dozens upon dozens of classic moments of her now legendary variety show.  For eleven hilarious seasons, from 1967-1978, Ms. Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner gave us some of the most side-splitting and over-the-top funny sketch comedy television has ever seen.  However, the brilliance and once-in-a-lifetime chemistry of the actors aside, what made this show so truly special, IMO, was the selflessness of each performer and h ...
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Wait, What Do You Know Richard Kind From?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Richard Kind has had 185 roles over the past 30 years, so which one you recognize him from is a sort of demographic placement test.  He's limping as he walks into the The Huffington Post offices, so, for me, right away, he's Harvey Korman, the recurring "Scrubs" hypochondriac. "I got a hip replacement, but I can't see my physical therapist right now," he explained, shrugging the first of many shrugs. "What're you gonna do?" "How many episodes of 'Scrubs' do you think I was in?" he asked once we sat down. "Three," he answered himself. "Three episodes out of eight or nine years of that show, but everyone thinks more than that." People think he had a much bigger part as cousin Andy on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," too. "How many episodes of 'Curb' do you think I was in?" he quizzed me. Three or four?  "Yeah, three or four! And people think I was a regular."  Kind projects larger than life, even with limited screen time, and everyone's always trying to guess what they know ...
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DVD review: 'The April Fools'
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
DVD review: 'The April Fools' [...] the DVD arrived on my desk, I had no idea this movie existed - a 1969 romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve. What's interesting are the period details, including even the methods of filmmaking, the '60s whimsicality, the pointed use of the zoom lens, the trumpet on the soundtrack to indicate both sophistication and wistfulness. The awful stuff is the labored farce (Harvey Korman as a lust-crazed businessman), the occasional lapses into prurient humor that now seem childish, and the tired feyness that once passed for wisdom.
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It Takes a Woman
Huffington Post - about 3 years
One of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Edgar Degas, is attributed with saying that "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." In 1995, when Gregory Maguire published Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, he opened the door to a new type of prequel -- one in which powerful women could be seen influencing a narrative in previously unimaginable ways. Audiences that held a very special place in their hearts for 1939's hit film, The Wizard of Oz, suddenly were given an opportunity to imagine Elphaba as a young woman discovering her supernatural powers. To everyone's surprise, the Wicked Witch became a sympathetic character and a model of female empowerment. In October 2003, when Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz landed on Broadway with a book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked became the must-see show for parents of adolescent girls. The Act I finale, Elphaba's "Defying Gravity," quickly became a ...
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Hold the Entrance Applause, Please
Artinfo - over 4 years
Language English Email Print Save Tweet Pin It By The New York Times Sara Krulwich/The New York Times -- Ah, the sweet, sweet sound of applause – music to any actor’s ears. But is it always? I’m referring specifically to entrance applause, that instant and seemingly spontaneous ovation that greets the arrival of a celebrated actor onstage. Share This Story Tweet This Post to Stumble Upon Email to a Friend This is a holdover from another time, when stage stars were worshiped the way movie stars are today. I associate it with the age of the Barrymore clan, whose narcissism was memorably skewered in the 1920s by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber in "The Royal Family." And as late as the 1970s, on Carol Burnett’s variety show, Ms. Burnett and Harvey Korman were serving up delicio ...
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Washington Life Center seniors star in annual variety show - New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
The girls say their biggest influences are Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Carol Burnett, with a little sprinkling of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In thrown in. The seniors at the WLC use all their skills to make the Off Our Rockers Show enjoyable and
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Cinemavore -- 'Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I' - Yakima Herald-Republic
Google News - over 5 years
Sid Caesar, Dom DeLuise and Cloris Leachman have pretty good bit parts, but Harvey Korman steals the show. Actually, he does in "Blazing Saddles" as well, but he delivers one of the best lines here: "Don't get saucy with me, Barnaise
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Soap suds bring smiles to San Francisco in 'The Final Scene' - San Francisco Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Nick Sholley reaches for, but doesn't quite capture, the smarmy, self-oblivious leading man qualities — think Harvey Korman — that would put his character on even footing with the show's diva. He is, instead, a bit bumbling and too easy to dismiss
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Summer Cinema's Best #5 - WNCT (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It movie marked the third time together for the trio of Brooks, Harvey Korman, and Madeline Kahn. It also marked the fourth time that Kahn and Brooks had worked together, as she joined Brooks and Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein (1974) and Blazing
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Blood, guts and good times - Ottawa Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
are fun, and seeing some semifamous stars (early Harvey Korman and late Henny Youngman) in Lewis movies is also an eye-opener. Lewis eventually quit the movie business and went into directmarket advertising, but his legacy survives in movies like
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Mets 5, Padres 4: Thrilling Plate Discipline Action! - Amazin' Avenue
Google News - over 5 years
in his best Harvey Korman impersonation. Maybe it was the light attendance, dampened by torrential rain, and maybe it was the oppressive humidity, but the Mets certainly didn't appear fired up in the early going of this one. Then again, neither did the
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Story Notes for Blazing Saddles - AMCtv.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Harvey Korman won four Emmys for his work on The Carol Burnett Show. You may recognize actor David Huddleston as the Big Lebowski from The Big Lebowski. Still acting at 80, Huddleston was in a 2009 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Superheroes' on HBO - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Blazing Saddles: A black railroad worker (Cleavon Little) is appointed sheriff of a town marked for destruction by a scheming politician (Harvey Korman) in director Mel Brooks stunning 1974 comedy western. With Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens and Madeline
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Is Leslie Mann the New Madeline Kahn? - Movieline
Google News - over 5 years
... talent who worked four times with Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, the underrated High Anxiety, and History of the World, Part 1), and repeatedly with Brooks favorites Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, and Dom DeLuise
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Solana Beach: Restaurants set scene for music, laughter in 'Five Course Love' - Del Mar Times
Google News - over 5 years
It reminds me of Sid Caesar's “Show of Shows,” and later the “Carol Burnett Show,” where Harvey Korman and Tim Conway would do these outrageous sketches in different styles, and sing, as well. This show has country, operatic, German cabaret-style music
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harvey Korman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 81
    Korman died at the age of 81 on May 29, 2008 at UCLA Medical Center, as the result of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm he had suffered four months earlier.
    More Details Hide Details His grave is at Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 55
    He married Deborah Korman (née Fritz) in 1982 and was married to her until his death in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters together, Kate and Laura Korman.
  • 1981
    Age 54
    He also reunited with fellow Carol Burnett Show alumnus Tim Conway, making guest appearances on, and in 1981 becoming a regular cast member of, Conways 1980–1981 comedy-variety series The Tim Conway Show.
    More Details Hide Details The two later toured the U.S. reprising skits from the show as well as performing new material. A DVD of new comedy sketches by Korman and Conway, Together Again, was released in 2006. Korman and Conway had been jointly inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2002.
    In 1981 he played Count de Monet in History of the World, Part 1.
    More Details Hide Details In later years he did voice work for the live-action film The Flintstones as well as for the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House, and in his final Mel Brooks film, as the zany Dr. Seward, in Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
  • 1980
    Age 53
    In 1980 he played Captain Blythe in the Walt Disney comedy, Herbie Goes Bananas.
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  • 1978
    Age 51
    In 1978 he appeared in the CBS Star Wars Holiday Special providing comedy in three of the special's variety segments: a cantina skit with Bea Arthur where he plays a barfly who drinks through a hole in the top of his head, another as Chef Gormanda, a four-armed parody of Julia Child, and one as a malfunctioning Amorphian android in an instruction video.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 47
    While appearing on The Carol Burnett Show, Korman gained further fame by appearing as the villainous Hedley Lamarr in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in High Anxiety (1977) as Dr. Charles Montague.
  • 1969
    Age 42
    Korman was nominated for six Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show and won four times – in 1969, 1971 (for "Outstanding Achievement" by a performer in music or variety), 1972 and 1974.
    More Details Hide Details He was also nominated for four Golden Globes for the series, winning in 1975.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 40
    It was his work on The Carol Burnett Show, beginning in 1967, which brought Korman his greatest fame.
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  • 1965
    Age 38
    During the 1965–1966 season, Korman made regular appearances on ABC's The Flintstones as The Great Gazoo in its final season on network television.
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  • 1964
    Age 37
    From 1964 to 1966, he appeared three times in consecutive years on the CBS comedy The Munsters starring Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo.
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  • 1963
    Age 36
    He frequently appeared as a supporting player on The Danny Kaye Show from 1963 through 1967.
    More Details Hide Details He was cast three times, including the role of Dr. Allison in "Who Needs Glasses?" (1962), on ABC's The Donna Reed Show. He also guest-starred on Dennis the Menace and on the NBC modern western series, Empire.
  • 1961
    Age 34
    Korman made his first TV appearance as a head waiter in The Donna Reed Show episode, "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions". He appeared as a comically exasperated public relations man in a January 1961 episode of the CBS drama Route 66.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on numerous television programs after that, including the role of Blake in the 1964 episode "Who Chopped Down the Cherry Tree?" on the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour and a bartender in the 1962 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Unsuitable Uncle."
  • 1960
    Age 33
    Korman was married to Donna Ehlert from 1960 to 1977, and they had two children together, Maria and Christopher Korman.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 23
    He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1950, 1957, and 1958 seasons.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1927.
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