2 April 2011
Old comedy and puppetry work hand-in-hand..
Today when I was surfing FaceBook here in Singapore, I discovered an old comedy skit by comic genius duo, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway from a really dated Carol Burnett Show (1974-78). The above clip is a prime example of his ability to make his co-stars laugh uncontrollably involved Lyle Waggoner as a captured American airman, with Conway as a stereotypical blond-haired Gestapo agent charged with his interrogation. Stating that "the Fuhrer" had taken particular interest, Conway produces a small Hitler hand puppet. With Conway providing a falsetto voice, the puppet suggests that singing might relax Waggoner's character to the point he is willing to talk. In a long, drawn-out fashion, the Hitler puppet sings "I've Been Working on the Railroad", and with each passing verse, Waggoner loses more of his composure, finally laughing hysterically when puppet-Hitler screeches, "FEE-FI-Fiddely-I-O!"
The sequence is in two parts and the second part can be found here!