Legendary comedians Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett star in a laugh-out-loud skit in which Tim makes quite the first impression on his fiancée’s father.
The Carol Burnett Show featured an all-star cast and fantastic, hilarious writing. Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Vicki Lawrence were often placed in absurd, off-the-wall situations and then given the opportunity to use their God-given comedic talents to great effect. Their hilarious antics, which still have people laughing decades later, made for television gold.
In one classic sketch, Carol and Tim play a newly engaged couple hoping to win the approval of Carol’s strict and overbearing father. This is a big moment for their relationship and future together.
However, as Tim arrives for his first meeting with Carol’s father, he announces that he has undergone a series of allergy tests. Soon after Carol’s father (played by Harvey Korman) enters the room, things don’t go according to plan. Tim slowly begins acting more and more like a cat, no doubt a side effect of all those tests.
Harvey approaches Tim, holding out his hand for a handshake. Tim, instead of meeting his hand, sniffs the stranger’s hand. Things aren’t off to a great start, to say the least.
Put off by Tim’s greeting, Harvey tells Carol, his daughter in the sketch, that “there’s a lot to be said for being an old maid.”
Tim lunges at Harvey’s neck with his hand, and he hisses much like a cat who is upset or afraid.
Carol’s fiancée then begins scratching uncontrollably, commenting that he believes he’s come down with fleas.
But things go from bad to worse for the happy couple. Tim bats around a pocket watch that Harvey swings back and forth. The temptation is too much to withstand.
Harvey’s character, taken aback by the absurd behavior, reacts negatively to Tim. Tim once again hisses at Harvey, which causes him to join everyone else watching the skit and burst out in laughter.
The skit eventually ends with Tim being chased by a dog and climbing up the drapes. Despite everything, Tim and Carol get her father’s blessing.
Job 8:21 “The time will come when your mouth will be full of laughing, and cries of joy will come from your lips.”