Tim Conway Explains Why He’s Better for Betty White Than Carl Reiner

Betty White, Tim Conway

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.”

Carl Reiner

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.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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