Legendary TV funnymen Tim Conway and Carl Reiner guest on Wednesday’s (7/28) “Hot in Cleveland” episode on TV Land, playing rivals for Betty White’s affections. And Tim declares, “I had such a great time, I’m going to insist on coming back, whether they want to film it or not.”
He adds, “I haven’t had that much fun since I was on the [Carol] Burnett show.”
As far as whether he or Carl is the more suitable suitor for the 88-year-old wonder girl, Tim dead pans, “I’m the right guy. I’m the right guy for any lady, actually. Carl – unfortunately, he’s too bright for women. I’m more in their IQ class.”
Yes, still naughty at 76, six Emmy-winner Conway these days divides his work time between occasional guest spots on the tube – like his “CSI” stint this past April – and taking his “Tim Conway and Friends” show with Chuck McCann and Louise DuArt on the road.
His “Together Again” shows with Harvey Korman used to pack ‘em in. Tim says, “I enjoyed going out together when Harvey was working. He’s not doing anything lately though.” Korman died in 2008.
Fortunately, “Chuck and Louise and I, we just get along so well. It’s kind of a traveling Burnett show. We don’t have to apologize for anything. It’s good for all ages.”
Referring to today’s raunchy, bloody television, Tim says, “That was one of the reasons that I took the show on the road. I didn’t want to get involved in that. Most scripts that come to me, I read about 12 pages and I go, ‘I don’t think so.’
“Don Knotts and I used to talk a lot about what the audience expects from us – him being known as Barney Fife of Mayberry and me as that crazy Tim guy. Rather than get involved in things with violence and nudity and raw language, we decided to stay where we were. Funny is funny. And I’ve never regretted it.”