Carol Burnett as Mrs Whiggins
The Carol Burnett Show, starring Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Vicki Lawrence is a sketch comedy television show which ran on CBS for 11 years, September 11 1967 onwards to March 29, 1978 - 278 episodes from CBS Television City's Bob Barker Sudio (also known as Studio 33).
The Carol Burnett Show was nominated a number of times for the Emmys, winning thrice. The show was quite a success, being a popular variety show. Sketches like "As the Stomach Turns", "Went with the Wind"(a parody of Gone with the Wind featuring a scene with Burnett as Scarlett O'Hara in the dress made from a window curtain, complete with the curtain rod!), "Carol and Sis", "Nora Desmond" (Burnett's send up of Gloria Swanson's character Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard) and "Stella Toddler" were hits. The "Family" (which would later spin off into a show called Mama's Family) was a huge success.A segment that was oft repeated was "Kitchen Commercials" in which cast members parodied TV commercials that drove a woman (Carol Burnett) mad. Also featuring in the show from time to time, were guest stars. The show would have guest appearances of stars from time to time.
"Let's bump up the lights..." would surely ring a bell with those who have watched the Carol Burnett Show. The lights above the audience would be turned on. The show had a unique question and answer round, an interaction between Carol Burnett and the audience (usually at the beginning of most shows), in CBS studio 33. The 4 minute feature had Carol randomly picking from the audience members who had questions for her. This informality could be credited to the design of CBSs Bob Barker Studio (Studio 33); cameras were to the left and right of the stage and one below in the pit and one suspended, in order to bring the actors close to the audience.
An example of a query put by a man in the audience: "Have you taken any acting lessons?" Carol: "Yes, I have" Audience Member: "Do you think it did any good?"