Carol Burnett remembers her "bad" performance experience prior to Elvis: "Nobody wanted to see me."

Carol Burnett remembers her “bad” performance experience prior to Elvis: “Nobody wanted to see me.”

It’s difficult to follow, or as Carol Burnett once discovered, to precede, Elvis Presley.
The 90-year-old television icon spoke with host Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday about her prior visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater, when she co-starred with Elvis Presley in an episode of “The Ed Sullivan Show”. She explained that “they did a whole big thing” with Presley during this time in his army service.

Unfortunately for Burnett, audience members were eager to see Presley and showed no interest in her because she performed before him.
“Nobody wanted to see me,” she remembered. “Elvis, where in the world are you? Elvis has to come visit us! I was a bomb. God, oh God. It was awful. It was terrible.”
Positively, Burnett managed to see Presley that evening and obtained his signature for her sister. She said, “He was very sweet,” to Colbert.
The first run of “The Ed Sullivan Show” ran from 1948 to 1971. Colbert said that Burnett appeared on the program seven times, which took her by surprise. “I was?” she questioned. Burnett’s own self-titled variety program aired on CBS from 1967 until 1978.
While conversing with Colbert, Burnett recalled another horrible television performance, only this time, it was awful on purpose. The “Carol Burnett Show” actress revealed that when she was frightened to be a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” she decided that she would purposefully be the “world’s worst guest” without warning the talk show host ahead. So throughout the broadcast, Burnett continually answered Carson’s inquiries with “yes” or “no” responses.
Cher rocking Bob Mackie and Carol Burnett singing TV tunes as she turns ninety “I wanted it this way.”He soon realized, of course, and began to ask all sorts of intriguing questions, to which I could simply reply, ‘Maybe. No,’” she said.
In addition, Burnett reflected on her TV performance of the song “I Made a Fool of Myself Over John Foster Dulles,” which envisioned a young girl who had the same obsessions about the “dull” U.S. secretary of state as most girls did about Presley.
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She said that when Burnett sang the song on the Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan programs, “all hell broke loose” and that it “was front-page news” at the time also.
Over the course of her more than 60-year television career, the Emmy winner most recently starred alongside Kristen Wiig in “Palm Royale,” which is now available for streaming on Apple TV+.

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