Tim Conway Gone

Comedian Tim Conway passed away today, and I posted a thought on Facebook which I’ll share here as well:

“It occurs to me that one day every celebrity I ever loved growing up will be gone, and it will feel a little bit like being orphaned.”

I will add that at age 50, their ranks are already somewhat depleted.

Farewell, Tim Conway.


By John Scalzi

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32 replies on “Tim Conway Gone”

I love the dentist skit, but for my money nothing can beat Siamese Elephants. Oddly enough the boyfriend and I were just reminiscing about watching Tim Conway crack up Harvey Korman this past weekend and scrolling through all the old skits from our childhood.

I’m about to hit seventy, so I have a lot to look back on. Two things I’ve noticed lately: the world is full of famous people I’ve never heard of; and famous people I have heard of are popping back into view decades after I’d ceased thinking of them, because they’ve died. Like Tim Conway, Like Doris Day. Peggy Lipton. Jim Fowler.

And that’s just the past few days.

Something I thought of when the first gray hairs appeared: when you’re young, life is a succession of things done for the first time; when you’re old, it’s all the things you’re doing for the last time.

I agree that Tim Conway was funnier than 99% of the comedy they put out these days, but that’s only because he was funnier than 99% of the comedy they put out in those days, too. There’s always a 1%.

OK, me too. But started with Jimmi, and Janis, and Jerry Garcia, and, and…. but Yo-yo Ma seems to be doing well.

My primary care physician is about 2 years older than I, and appears to be prepared to practice until he drops. He’s board cert Family Practice and Gerantology, which is a good thing since I’m an old now.

Tim and Carol and that crew were really really funny, and a large part of it was that they were having a great time playing together. RIP guys!

WBGU up north there in Ohio has a recording made in the late 60’s that was the basis of one of Conway and Ernie Anderson’s comedy albums. When I was in graduate school (late 80’s/early 90’s), they played it on a Sunday afternoon with no real fanfare or warning. Conway went to BGSU, so there’s some proprietary feelings, along with Conway and Anderson’s early 60’s advertising and sketch comedy on local TV. Watch to see if any of your local PBS stations decides to play it – it’s very much worth watching – they were in the Bob and Ray/Bob Newhart style of interview based comedy at the time.

Tim Conway and Harvey Korman were the two funniest comedians I ever had the privilege of watching. They could do more with a look than most comedians could do with a whole set.

And nobody, but nobody, had better timing than Tim Conway. He could use silence as a punch line.

Oof. This one hurts.

Tim Conway was the only comedian I know of who could reduce my late father to helpless tears of laughter, gasping until his sides hurt. Dad and I didn’t share a great deal, but we bonded over our shared love of Conway’s deadpan comedic genius.

His memory is a blessing.

I was stunned when I heard that Tim Conway had passed away. I would highly recommend his memoir that he came out with five or six years ago, it’s a great read.

And now, Barnacle Boy and Merman {Ernest Borgnine} (SpongeBob reference) are now happily reunited.

Tim Conway was something else I also shared with my dad (along with his love of Star Trek) and I can remember the two of us laughing so hard we were crying when I was a wee little person. RIP Tim Conway; your talent was a gift that kept on giving.

And I can’t believe no one has mentioned the Nazi interrogator sketch, with a *guest appearance* by Hitler. (Still makes me howl to this day.)

Dana, I think that Lyle Waggoner, who was part of the foursome on Carol Burnett. He does look like stallone from the back.

I love watching the outtakes from that show. Watching these very professional actors trying to not break character when Tim is trying his hardest to GET them to break is hysterical.

RIP Tim.

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