Tim Conway’s 7 Wackiest Sketches on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ (Videos)

The late comedian’s unpredictable ad-libs and spontaneous slapstick is legendary for pushing his scene partners out of character and passed the fourth wall

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“The Elephant Story”: How’s this for a crazy visual — a monkey dancing the merengue on elephant Siamese twins connected at the trunk? Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence and Dick Van Dyke tried so hard not to crack up… but it just was not possible.

“The Dentist”: When a nervous dental school graduate tends to his very first patient (Harvey Korman) with an agonizingly bad tooth, a little novocaine is brought in to cut the pain. Problem is, it’s the doc who feels the numbing effects and not the patient. This is regarded by many as one of the funniest sketches in TV history.

“The Interrogator”: Conway and Korman play Nazi soldiers with a very unusual technique for questioning a prisoner of war (Lyle Waggoner). Let’s just say, over-the-top German accents and a hand puppet are involved.

“The Intercom”: Mr. Tudball (Conway) and his dumb-as-a-post secretary Mrs. Wiggins (Burnett) get their lines crossed when she just can’t seem to get the hang of the office’s new intercom system.

“The Galley Slaves”: Conway’s bushy-haired, slow-moving, mumbling old man was again teamed with Korman, this time as rowing partners on a slave ship.

“The Fireman”: Conway again plays the old man, who in this sketch is a fireman tasked with saving Korman’s life… by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It’s as awkward – and funny – as you’d expect it to be.

“The World War II Airplane Jump”: Korman and Conway play servicemen on a mission to parachute into enemy territory to destroy a bridge. Conway is the demolition expert who has the many of the village… drawn on his body.