CAROL BURNETT: Danny Kaye’s show went off the air in 1967 and The Carol Burnett Show was premiering that fall. All I could think about was, We need a Harvey Korman. We need a consummate actor with comedy chops to spare. I believe we had a call in to his agent when one afternoon I happened to see Harvey himself headed for his car in the CBS parking lot. I shouted, “Harvey!” And then proceeded to jump him.I seem to remember leaning him back over a car hood.“Please, please be on our show! You’re the very best! PLEASE?”It wasn’t exactly the most professional way to offer someone a job, but it worked. Harvey signed on, and I was in heaven.
BURT LANCASTER (OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR): “Chris, your father is a brilliant actor. He creates these incredibly believable human characters. On live television, no less.”
PETER MARSHALL (Emmy-Award-winning host of Hollywood Squares) “I always tell people that Chris loves me so much that, when he was six years old and I was in the hospital, he chose to visit me over breakfast at IHOP.”
MEL BROOKS (Oscar-winning writer/director) (Starred Harvey Korman in Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, and History of the World Part 1): “Chris, I loved your father, even though he could be a real asshole.”