Carol Burnett

Since I’m not quite old enough to be a baby boomer (I was 3 during the Summer of Love), I’m allowed to talk about how much better things were when I was growing up. And I don’t expect to see any eye-rolling, either. Like, for example, TV. Everyone knows that the greatest comedy lineup in history was those Saturday nights on CBS with Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, and, best of all, Carol Burnett, who in 11 seasons brought the variety show to its zenith (before its instant and seemingly unresurrectable decline). Burnett’s now touring with “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett,” an expansion of one of the most fondly remembered segments of her program, the show-opening audience Q&A. It’s time to ask what you never had a chance to: How did those “Mama’s Family” sketches get so dark and bitter? What were Steve and Eydie really like? And were those Ernest Flatt Dancers as gay as they looked? GAVIN BORCHERT

Sun., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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