Carol Burnett publishes new book about her time on 'The Carol Burnett Show'

The comedy legend gives us the scoop on how her show became such a success.

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No one made audiences laugh more in the 1970s than Carol Burnett. Her eponymous sketch comedy show combined the right mix of physical comedy, genius writing and humor to hit out of the park week after week. 

The Carol Burnett Show garnered strong ratings every year, helping it last 11 seasons. It's safe to say that when the show went off the air in 1978, Burnett was a comedy legend. 

So, what do you do when you have over a decade's worth of laughs and memories? If you're Carol Burnett, you write a book about it!

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox gives readers an inside look into the show and how it became such a massive success. To prepare for writing such a massive endeavor, Burnett says she watched all 276 episodes. 

"Not straight through," she told the Chicago Tribune"I fast-forwareded through a lot of stuff."

Burnett writes about everything, from behind-the-scenes moments to encounters with famous celebrities. In one excerpt, Burnett recalls meeting Cary Grant at a dinner party and him telling her he absolutely hated the "ugly" characters from "The Family" sketches. 

Of course, Burnett talks about her loving friendship with her mentor, Lucille Ball, who threw her a "black-tie" baby shower. 

Although Carol Burnett was the backbone of the show, much of the success was due to her costars, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner and Tim Conway. In the book, Burnett talks about the process of hiring them and how they got along on set. 

The book is just another way for Burnett to prolong the legacy of her famous show. Earlier this year, the 83-year-old toured the country with a live act, "Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett," recounting tales from the show and even reviving the classic Q&A session with audiences.

If you can't wait to relive some of television's funniest moments, you can pick up a copy of In Such Good Company starting September 13. In the meantime, you can catch Carol Burnett and Friends weeknights 11pm ET | 10 C on MeTV.

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