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the girl with violets in her lap

"The Ladies Who Lunch", Carol Burnett in Putting It Together


I know, I know, my whole life basically consists of going HOMG CAROL BURNETT, so this is not really news. But I just really love this version of "The Ladies Who Lunch", performed by Carol in the Sondheim revue Putting It Together. (I really have to get the full DVD of that, by the way; Carol Burnett + Ruthie Henshall + John Barrowman + Sondheim = LOVE.) It's funny because I've seen a good few of her performances in that revue on YouTube already, and I've not been hugely impressed (with the exception of one phenomenal blooper, but that's a little different). Her version of "Getting Married Today" was funny but not the best I've heard, although maybe that's just because Millicent Martin solidly pwnz the world on that one; her version of "Could I Leave You?", if I'm being honest, kind of sucked; and the rest of the stuff I've seen has been fair to middling. I kind of assumed her voice was giving out a bit, as people's tend to do when they're, you know, seventy or whatever, and my loyalty to her remained firmly intact, but I was sort of disappointed. But then there's this, and it's just... she's... dude, Carol, you friggin' OWN Elaine Stritch. I'm not even kidding. Elaine Stritch is plenty pwny but you, Carol, you are pwnier, and I don't understand why it is that all levels of your performance - not just acting but singing, too - get about 6000% better when you are playing a drunk, but they do, and, oh, man, that video.

Did anyone see the American Masters PBS special, or whatever they call it, about Carol earlier in the week? They'll be rerunning it a few times if anyone wants to check their local listings. It was a lot of fun. The Carol Burnett Show was srs hilarity, people.
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