The Carol Burnett Show: As the Stomach Turns, a satire on the merits of TV soap operas, is masterfully done by one of comedy’s best ensembles: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence, who were together for 11 seasons (1967–78). This video clip, from Season 10, Episode 20 (February 26, 1977; CBS TV), gives expression to “Mother Marcus,” whose excesses are true to life, making them all the more comical. If truth is stranger than fiction, humour is the means to release it from its shackles. The expression of reality through comedy becomes a needed escape from a world that has lost its funny bone. The best comedy is an anodyne to what ails you, because it makes you laugh; and everyone knows that laughter is good medicine. The Carol Burnett Show delivered many, and it was a show our family watched on Saturday nights at 10 p.m. in an evening line-up devoted to comedy, the shows preceding it were: “All in the Family,” “M*A*S*H,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Yes, I can say without qualification or need for further explanation that TV comedy was better then. Very much so. We needed to laugh then, which I think is the case today.