Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Family

Yesterday, I came across a YouTuber who has uploaded nearly all of THE FAMILY sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW.

Those of you who grew up north of the Donna Dixon Line may think that a scene like the one below - - where Ed, Mama and Eunice spend an evening playing the board game SORRY - - is funny because these three characters are so wildly larger than life.

Please be aware that if my Mama, my brother and I had a few beers and played a game of SORRY, this is EXACTLY how the evening would unfold.

Except in our game, someone would be wearing a halter top, gas would be passed frequently and at a crucial point in the game, my mother would pull out a knife.

And yes, I would be Eunice.

To you, it's comedy. To Southerners, this is a documentary.

And by the way, today is Carol Burnett's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Carol. (Tug on earlobe here)

"You've got splinters in the windmills of yer mind!"


whimsicalnbrainpan said...

"To Southerners, this is a documentary."

That is so true!

Mike said...

While I acknowledge that my family had no halter tops, I can't help that point out that I played Sorry just this Christmas with my brother and sister, and it got pretty damn ugly. So Southerners don't have a monopoly (also by Parker Brothers) on white trash dysfunction (though our bitterness seeped through clenched teeth sobriety -- which just shows our bizarre WASP-like upbringing that came from being raised by one Catholic and one Quaker.)

Stephen Rader said...

Whim - Seeing as how you lived across the street from my family years ago, you know all too well how true that is!!

Mike - Taking into account the "bitterness seeped through clenched teeth sobriety" description, I'm assuming no knives are drawn on your family Parker Bros. game night.