Thursday, May 29, 2008

Harvey Korman dies at 81

"A world without Harvey Korman - it's a more serious world. It was very dangerous for me to work with him because if our eyes met we'd crash to floor in comic ecstasy. It was comedy heaven to make Harvey Korman laugh."
-- Mel Brooks

Farewell to a brilliant, comedic genius.

Who else could have played Heddy LaMarr on Blazing Saddles? Who else could of played Count De Money of History of the World Part 1? What a referee for a psychiatrists boxing match match in High Anxiety.

This guy could have done Shakespeare but chose comedy instead. Most actors agree comedy is more difficult than tragedy. The irony is he couldn't play his comedy straight and would always crack up doing gags on The Carol Burnett Show; that's what made his routines so funny.

Several years ago I made a collage of people who inspire me; Harvey Korman was one of them.

I pray he rests in peace and gets the respect he deserves as a comedic actor.


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