Legendary Laughs

Carol Burnett chats up her audience

For 11 years, Carol Burnett and friends would perform skits, sing and dance and crack each other up on TV's Carol Burnett Show. Perhaps the best part of the hour-long variety show was the first few minutes in which Carol would take unscripted questions from the studio audience. Some wanted a hug or a song, while others seemed a bit confused ("Is this a repeat show?"). This impromptu and intimate audience repartee is the basis for her new tour: Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett: A Conversation With Carol Where the Audience Asks the Questions. "I love the spontaneity of these evenings," says the San Antonio-born comedienne. "I never know what anybody is going to say or do or ask." This kind of improvisation offers a unique experience each night of the tour and an opportunity to learn more about the life of a living legend. After a request for her famous "Tarzan yell," an audience in Hawaii learned that the signature yodel once saved the comedienne while shopping. Caught without ID, she used it to convince a department store to take her check. My signature signature won't even do that. See Laughter and Reflection With Carol Burnett 8 p.m. Thursday at Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun Streets in Fort Worth. Tickets range from $55 to $75. Call 1-877-212-4280 or visit basshall.com.
Thu., Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

 
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