When Carol Burnett said she wanted her own variety show, an executive told her “it’s not for you gals.”
Carol Burnett told Conan O’Brien on his chat show what it was like being a female comedian “back in the covered wagon days”. She has always dreamed of starring in her very own variety show but when she approached the bug guys about it she was told ‘Well Carol, you know, comedy/variety is a man’s game. It’s Jackie Gleason, it’s Sid Caesar, now there’s Dean Martin.’ ‘You know, Carol, it’s not for you gals,’” Burnett tells O’Brien.
“I think what’s amazing in the climate we’re in now — and this is the way things should be — if someone said ‘No, comedy is not for you gals,’ I mean, that would be a $100 billion lawsuit just him saying that,” O’Brien says.