RIP — Heddy, er Hedley er Harvey

I loved Harvey Korman both on the Carol Burnett Show and especially in the great Mel Brook’s films of the 1970’s, “Young Frankenstein”, “Blazing Saddles”, “High Anxiety”, and “History of the World Part I”.
He is a legend. None of the young comedians today have 1 oz of the talent that Harvey had. He’d make kids and grown ups laugh hysterically.
I’ll miss him. But I still have my Mel Brooks movies to see him over and over again.

18 thoughts on “RIP — Heddy, er Hedley er Harvey”

  1. I’ll be watching Blazzing Saddles tonight! He is one of my favorites. His routines on the Carol Burnett show with Tim Conway are classics!

  2. Absolutely one of the best. And one of the last of a breed. There was a time when humor was actually humor. You didn’t have to have a foul mouth or talk about sex all the time or try to be “outrageous” or drag out racial stereotypes. It was a time when you had to actually be FUNNY, and not many can do it any more the way Harvey Korman could.

  3. Proof once again that comedy does not have to be filthy to be funny. I wish the alphaNETs would give us a comedy show again, and be patient enough to let it grow and develop and audience.

  4. You’re right Cubawatch. I had thought that the wooden armed constable in Frankenstein was Korman. I stand corrected.
    “Don’t get saucy with me Bearnaise.”

  5. The constable was the great Kenneth Mars, who played Franz Liebkind in The Producers. Korman was one of the best and I hope all the happiness he gave to so many us is reciprocated in heaven.

  6. “I want Rustlers, Cutthroats, Murderers, Bounty Hunters, Desperados, Mugs, Pugs, Thugs, Nitwits, Halfwits, Dimwits, Vipers, Snipers, Con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, Muggers, Buggerers, Bushwackers, Hornswogglers, Horse thieves, Bull dykes, Train robbers, Bank robbers, Asskickers, Shitkickers, and METHODISTS!”

  7. Here’s my two favorites:

    Count de Money: “Sire! You look like the piss boy!”
    King Louis XVI: “Yeah? And you look like a bucket of shit!”


    Hedley Lamarr: “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”
    Taggart: “God darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore.”

  8. Yeah, Mike, I LMFAO during out of africa and the way we were. not in the same league. Harvey was one of the funniest men of the last 50 years.

  9. Mike, Harvey Korman made people laugh and made them happy. If you’d seen him a little more on TV then maybe you wouldn’t be such a stuffed shirt.

  10. Haha wow, you guys get defensive about everything don’t you?
    I really didn’t mean to draw offense, I agree with both of you, he was a funny man. I was just speaking, of course, in the realm of dead actors. They are in the same league by the nature of their work. Pollack just inspired in a different way…

  11. Mike, they have nothing to do with each other. It’s like asking about Tupac in an entry about Pavarotti.

  12. I am so bummed. My grandmother used to babysit me on Saturday nights and we would watch the Carol Burnette Show together, and from when I was five I remember loving Harvey and Tim. My memories of him are intertwined with her.
    I have never seen Blazing Saddles but I’m going to rent it today.
    As for Pollack, he did give is Tootsie, which I also love.

  13. Claudia, as you did, when I grew up, as a child, on Saturday nights when the folks were out, I would sit and watch the Carol Burnett show every night with my grandmother who spoke no English. She would never miss it and we’d watch it together and she would laugh herself silly. Very memorable time for me. Shows you the power of their comedy that the old Cuban Abuela who spoke no English would get it and laugh. I can’t think of anyone from the last 20 years who could do the same.

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