Carol Burnett gets 90th birthday love from today’s top comedy stars

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But in between the laughs, today’s comics line up to give Burnett her flowers. As a kid growing up in the 1970s, jokes Office star Carell, Carol Burnett was a solid fifth on his list of influences (after Raymond Burr, First Lady Pat Nixon, Johnny Mathis, and the lady who asked, “Where’s the beef?” in those burger commercials). Its old Daily show friend Stephen Colbert shows off a huge photo of Carol Burnett who was in the Show up late offices “so that my writers and I can pass that picture every day and look at it to accomplish something.”

Abbot Elementary School Ralph says Burnett changed her nine-year life forever. It was the sixties, Ralph reminds everyone, and Burnett invited her to the TV. “I saw how you saw Sammy Davis Jr. Pearl Bailey welcomed and hugged. Nancy Wilson – the black one. Flip Wilson. The Jackson Five. You hugged them. You kissed them. You performed on stage with them and seeing that let me know that I could become the Sheryl Lee Ralph that I am still becoming.”

Carol’s neighbor Ellen DeGeneres credits Burnett with pioneering female comics. Saturday Night Lives Wiig confesses that “falling in love with sketch comedy as a young girl was because of you.” Jimmy Fallon showing up to rap because of course he does, letting Burnett know that she, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and the crew “taught me it’s okay to take a break every now and then.” So now you know Burnett is to blame. But Friends star Lisa Kudrow was in trouble. “What comes across (during bloopers) is what fun you have,” she told Burnett. “And that transcends anything in the script.”

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