Tim Conway Reveals Joke That Made Harvey Korman Wet His Pants On The Carol Burnett Show(video)

Some moments in television history just become better with age, much like good wine. That definitely applies to The Carol Burnett Show's comedic routine "The Dentist." It continues to make people laugh aloud for generations, solidifying its status as one of the greatest TV moments ever.

The Carol Burnett Show helped make numerous comedians famous and won eight Golden Globes and 25 Emmy Awards in just eleven years. It remains one of the most prestigious programs in television history.

Featuring comedians Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, "The Dentist" is still one of its most well-liked and amusing routines. This is one of those moments that you just can't get out of your head. Conway and Korman can hardly contain their laughing during the skit because it is that amazing.

In "The Dentist," Korman, a patient, suffers from an excruciating toothache. When he arrives at the dentist on a Sunday, his regular dentist is not there, but Conway, his dentist's nephew, is filling in.

After graduating from dental school, this dentist will see Korman as his first patient. The frightened dentist does everything to persuade his first patient to leave or just have a cleaning—he even tells him that during dental school, all he has ever done is extract teeth on animals and earned Cs. But Korman's suffering is just too great to be bothered with all the justifications.

Conway is forced to take out a handbook and attempt to find out how to extract the tooth from his patient. He inadvertently injects Novocain into his hand during the procedure. A series of funny mishaps are caused by the numb hand. Korman had to repeatedly hide his face to prevent himself from laughing too much, since it is quite humorous.

Conway would subsequently disclose that Korman was practically wetting his pants during the moment because he was laughing so hard to himself. That's funny, right now. Subsequently, he disclosed that the sketch was partially inspired by a military dentist he had met in real life.

Apart from the patient's mouth and the audience's laughter, the dentist was pretty well numbed out by the conclusion of the comedy. You'll have to watch to see whether the patient's tooth is ever extracted—it's obvious that the farce made people chuckle.

I believe that most people can identify with the ridicule of a negative dental encounter. The Carrol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967 to 1978, succeeded in producing mainstream humor that was clean, approachable, and free of politics. It's understandable why this invaluable piece of television history never gets old, regardless of the audience's generation.

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