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That’s two

And now Tim Conway? What the hell?

I mean he was 85. I get that. But it looks like we may be having ourselves a celebrity death cluster.

I feel mean saying it now, but I never found him funny. And he seemed to draw oxygen away from people I did find funny.

But that doesn’t matter now. What matters is WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE? I know he was a little dude, but he looks like a dying satellite being sucked into the gravitational field of GIANT JOAN CRAWFORD HEAD.


Oh, I’m all kinds of disturbed now.


Comment from Brother Cavil
Time: May 14, 2019, 9:16 pm

Peggy Lipton died Saturday, May 11. Conway finished the trifecta.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 14, 2019, 9:23 pm

That’s alright, then. She wasn’t very old.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 14, 2019, 10:25 pm

I remember that Joan Crawford movie

“What ever happened to Tiny Tim?”

Comment from Mitchell
Time: May 14, 2019, 10:47 pm

You never found Tim Conway to be funny? Well. That’s a new one.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 14, 2019, 10:59 pm

I know, I know. It’s freakish. Everybody else seemed to.

I was particularly irritated by those routines where he did everything excruciatingly slowly.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: May 14, 2019, 11:37 pm

The Old Man stuff? Yeah, that got a bit…old I guess. I get to watch my father do a lot of it now and it’s not so funny anymore. Dammit – GET OUT OF MY HEAD!

Comment from platypuss
Time: May 15, 2019, 12:14 am

He was always the deadpan, allowed others to play off him. Bit of an art.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 15, 2019, 1:09 am

” … I never found him funny.”
No, no. I get it. We don’t all find the same things funny. I didn’t like some of those comedy sketches either.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 15, 2019, 1:26 am

Re: the photo of Tim Conway and Joan Crawford. Damn telephoto lenses. They distort the depth of field and make things in the foreground unnaturally larger. It’s why I hate photos taken with a cell phone. Noses and hands appear over-sized on close-ups.

Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: May 15, 2019, 4:45 am

I’m Sorry. This just cracks me up. RIP Timmy Boy. . .


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 15, 2019, 12:36 pm

I watched Conway’s Siamese elephants sketch from Carol Burnett yesterday, one of the “Eunice’s Family” sketches featuring Vicki Lawrence as Mama, and found myself giggling out loud. Also an appearance by Foster Brooks — remember him? — on a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, probably of Don Rickles. Martin and Rickles started breaking up, and so did I, even before Brooks began his patented “gentlemanly drunk pretending not to be drunk” routine.

The question comes up: Why don’t we have comedy like this any more? Answer from me: Because back then, comedians were allowed to make fun of people and animals and situations. They are not allowed to do that now; they’re terrified Somebody Will Be Offended. It’s getting to be like the Hitler or Stalin regimes. No one dared poke fun at the Fuhrer or Uncle Joe.

Except, of course, back then you would have been terrified of losing not your livelihood, but your actual life.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 15, 2019, 5:33 pm

Conway reliably made me laugh. Really laugh, out loud laugh.

I think older comedy, not the prat fall style, was more cerebral. It had to be because they couldn’t resort to swearing or raunchy humor on camera.

Off camera, from what I’ve seen of films of the roasts, they definitely knew how to be raunchy. but even then they kept within some limits.

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