by Kliph Nesteroff
posted by Kliph Nesteroff at 2:49 AM
I remember how much I reviled Jack Burns as a kid, based solely on his fleeting appearance as Warren on "The Andy Griffith Show". I had no other reference to Burns at the time--save for his guest shot in the second season of SNL, which flummoxed me--but was just comparing him (unfairly, of course) to Don Knotts/Barney Fife.But now, after reading about his work with Chicago's Second City, seeing clips of his variety show appearances with fellow SC vet Avery Schreiber and listening to his routines with George Carlin, I have to say: he was/is a great talent and I'm an ass.
Burns and Carlin were one of the few successful comedy teams to break up with each partner attaining major individual success WITHOUT decades of toxic rancor between them.
George doesn't look all that happy, does he?
Funny Then & Now was Carlin, & I recalk him playing the "J. Edgar Hoover Comedy Show" on "The Ed Sullivan Show", in a Jacjet, Tie & Xrew Cut
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