If you don't get at least a half-dozen belly laughs from this
compilation of outtakes from The Carol Burnett Show, you'd better check
your pulse. Originally broadcast on CBS in 2001, this affectionate retrospective
reunites the peerless cast of Burnett's variety show--Burnett, Vicki Lawrence,
Tim Conway, and Harvey Korman--to answer audience questions and reminisce. The
cast recalls the many times they lost composure on camera, halting sketches due
to all varieties of faux pas, from faulty props (or urinating horses) to mutual
crack-ups. Culled from the show's mid-1970s heyday, the clips are infectiously
hilarious, and the cast never missed an opportunity to inject a little
raunchiness (later deleted) into their otherwise wholesome entertainment.
Conway's the real conspirator here, frequently turning Korman into a helpless
heap of giggles, and costume designer Bob Mackie (pulled from the audience) is
given fair tribute for his outlandish creativity. TV like this doesn't exist any
more, and Show Stoppers will make you wonder why.