11.13.2003

Two unrelated thoughts

Carol Burnett is one of the most underappreciated comedians ever. She is certainly not an unknown by any stretch of the imagination but she rates way higher than Lucille Ball in my opinion. Her characters are varied and distinctive, her timing is impeccable, her physicality is outstanding (certainly among the best ever) and quick as a fox on fire. I always hear female performers citing Lucille Ball or Gilda Radner, who were both excellent, but I can't recall too many giving a nod to Ms. Burnett. Gender isn't even the issue to me, Ms. Burnett is one of the funniest people on two legs. Period.

Things my generation loves:
-Excessive hyperbole
-Avoiding genuine sentiment
-The word "literally"
-Dismissal
-Things that glow
-Dissecting social phenomena