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Winner of the 2017 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album

Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and antics that made the show legendary as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the airwaves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars - the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day - Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.

Here are all the topics listeners want to know more about, including:

  • How the show almost didn't air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents
  • How she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway
  • Anecdotes about guest stars and her close friendships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White
  • The people behind the scenes, from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show's opening Q&A
  • Carol's takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise

This audiobook is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show, which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.

Includes cast interviews, a conversation with Dick Cavett, and much more!

©2016 Carol Burnett (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In this light, behind-the-scenes memoir, [Burnett] pays tribute to the many talented individuals responsible for the show's enduring success, [sharing] some of the hilarious impromptu moments on the set and sheds light on the many memorable sketches, including the movie parodies that have become classic TV." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Burnett's audio performance is stellar and nearly perfect. She has a special skill for the type of conversational presentation so key to success in audiobooks.... Burnett's devotees, as well as aficionados of television history, will be delighted they spent this time together." ( AudioFile)

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  • Jami
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  • 10-01-16

Awesome Memories of a Great Show!

I loved listening to this book and to reminisce with Carol about her memories of her show. When she talked about the various skits and guests, I could remember some of them clearly. This brought me back to a time in my life when from 10-11 p.m. on Saturday nights, I spent time with Carol and friends! She reads her own book, and like the other books, the Tarzan yell appears. Her personality really comes through in the book; although I knew from her other books that she seemed to be a really nice person, her concern for the way her colleagues and guests were treated were of utmost importance to her. I was laughing out loud picturing the scene when she fired Harvey Korman, and then the aftermath! I won't spoil it by telling you, but i was quite amused.

I had read her earlier books, so I was wondering if there would be a lot of redundancy. Happily, there wasn't. This one had an entirely different focus than her prior books and I enjoyed listening to it. I'm not sure it would have had the same impact if I had read it in print, but having her narrate it really brought the memories of the show flooding back, especially when you could tell that certain stories made her sad or happy.

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Fun Stroll Down Memory Lane

Did you grow up watching Carol Burnett & Co. every Saturday night like I did, at the end of that winning lineup consisting also of All in the Family, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bob Newhart? If so, you will likely appreciate this, the second of Burnett's two memoirs concerning her stellar career as an accomplished and versatile comedienne. She's a truly lovely and loving person who is obviously still as sharp as ever, and she tells her story very well with her trademark grace and good humor (not to mention her still-youthful-sounding clear voice and crisp articulation). Nonetheless, even though I liked this book well enough to purchase the Kindle version also (and am glad I did, because otherwise I'd have missed the photos!), I didn't like it as much as her terrific previous book, This Time Together. For one thing, retelling whole comedy sketches in narrative form just doesn't work very well, and there's a lot of that here. Comedy sketches are one of those things you just have to SEE to fully appreciate, especially ones highly dependent on sight gags as Burnett & Co.'s usually were. For another, many of Burnett's personal stories (e.g., "The Day I fired Harvey") were told first, and in greater and funnier detail, in that first book. Also, not to sound petty, but I found the fact that Carol was too polite to reveal the name of her most difficult guest (a short male--I'm guessing probably Eddie Fisher?--who was clearly "on" something, and who scandalously skipped out on the final day of rehearsals/taping) kind of needlessly frustrating to the reader. The gossip-monger in me really wanted to know all the juicy details! So while I'm sure I will return to This Time Together for a second listen, I can't say I'll ever return to this one.

Nonetheless, this book DID make me want to watch highlights of the heyday of the show, and it will very likely please fans. Grade: B.

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I wanted to love it

What disappointed you about In Such Good Company?

Listening to scripts being read is very dry. There were some good moments but I just couldn't make it through the book.

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I Love Her But.....

I love Carol Burnett. She is truly an American treasure. Her other books were amazing and I listened to them multiple times. This one.... not so much. It basically hashed out several of the episodes of her wonderful television series. I don't mean that it talked a little about them. It took an episode and told the plot, details, actors etc. It was tedious.

So, as much as I would love to tell you this is a great listen, I really can't. I didn't even finish it. It wasn't what I expected at all.

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Good, but bogged down by skit synopses

What did you like best about In Such Good Company? What did you like least?

The occasional bon mot I hadn't heard in her autobiography.

What could Carol Burnett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

God, edit out all the incredibly lengthy show skit synopses. Really brought everything to a halt and almost made me stop listening.

Have you listened to any of Carol Burnett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not as good as the others.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It was a TV show and have already seen it.

Any additional comments?

Edit, edit, edit! The skits on TV were funny, describing them verbatim is not.

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repetition

Listen to the abridged version. There becomes a lot of repeat scenarios. Great story of a wonderful show.

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What wonderful memories this book brought back!

Wonderful memories and lots and lots ...and lots! of laughter warching the CB Show with my parents who are no longer with us. Thank you!

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I'm so glad we had these memories together…

(As posted in GoodReads)
Carol Burnett has long been one of my favorite performers! In this book, she points out the humorous and serendipitous locations and people who helped her make her comedy show as good as it was. She describes some of the famous hysterical things for which she has gone down in history, and listening to it has brought back a whole flood of memories, and this has demonstrated the amount of pressure that she and the characters of the show approached with humor and grace! Now it makes me want to go back and watch all of her old shows!!

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not as funny as the show, but very interesting

Carol does a good job keeping us interested in revisiting the 11 years of her TV show, talking about the writers, the actors, the guests, the costumers, the sound people, and even the audience. It is not as funny as watching her show, but it is fascinating to see how it was put together, and to finally realize the genius of so many people involved.

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I hated for it to end!

Very very entertaining! One of those books you just don't want to end! As she's relating these stories it seems like she's not reading them she's just telling you what happened.