I’m a huge Carol Burnett fan. When I first remember seeing her perform when I was 12-years-old I was absolutely awestruck. She’s so funny, and she’s also just a great actress knowing just when inject the right amount of pathos into a performance. I’ve read her two previous memoirs, and love them both, so I had high expectations for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown Archetype).
To write this book saluting the highs and lows of the staggering eleven year run of The Carol Burnett Show, Carol actually watched every episode. I wish I could have been watching right by her side. But, In Such Good Company has such great intimate feel that it’s the next best thing. I love that we get to see screengrabs from the skits that she mentions. Not only that, the reader sometimes get large chunks of script, with Carol’s fascinating annotations. It was so cool to get a peek behind the scenes of classic, but sometimes forgotten bits like “The Doily Sisters” and “Mildred Fierce.” Don’t get me wrong, I love “Sunnyset Boulevard” and “Went with the Wind”, too. But, I really appreciate that she shares so much about sketches that are both widely known and some personal favorites too.
Since I’m such a big fan of Carol Burnett and I’ve watched all the specials, the interviews and read her first two books, I wondered if there would be stories that were new to me. I’m delighted to say that In Such Good Company contained a lot of stories that I didn’t know. Yes, I had heard a small number of the stories before. I was happily overwhelmed with a wealth of new anecdotes and details that I happily gobbled up while reading.
This book is truly a treat for any fan of Carol Burnett and it’s also a great book for any TV history buff too. Her tales about working with Jim Nabors, Betty White, Lucille Ball and Bernadette Peters are so much fun to soak in. Plus, Carol’s a great role model for any female due to her optimism, talent and creativity. In Such Good Company should make an appearance on your wish list or your shopping list this year!
Kari Liked: The photos and detailed stories in the book were deliciously delightful.
Kari Didn’t Like: I really loved In Such Good Company. I guess my complaint is that I want more. Carol can write a fourth book, right?
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