The great actor/comedian Harvey Korman made a countless number of people laugh, cry, and cheer with the work that he did in movies like Blazing Saddles, History of the World: Part 1, and television shows like the Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family, The Flintstones, and many more. He has been lauded for his work by people like Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, Whoopie Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Betty White--and many more. However, it is his son, Christopher Korman, who gives the most important review that Harvey Korman will ever receive--that of being a loving father who supported his children. In this episode of the Neutral Ground Podcast, I am fortunate enough to speak with Christopher Korman about his book Omg! It's Harvey Korman's Son. In the book, Christopher not only makes us laugh at the various encounters that he and his father have--Pierce Brosnan and Robin Williams are two of my favorite--but Chris also tells us about his own struggles in terms of his personal health, struggling with a life-long learning disability, and how he was able to overcome many of these trials with hard work and the help of supportive parents. If you're looking for a feel-good episode with some laughs, this is it.
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(Affiliate) Omg! It's Harvey Korman's Son: https://amzn.to/3GNqgqs
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01:42 Beginning of conversation
04:44 Personal health issues from birth
09:26 You have problems; so does everyone else. What will you do about it?
13:48 Carol Burnett's words of encouragement
18:05 The student who taught me a lesson
20:33 What we say and do matters
25:57 Is that James Bond, Mr. Pierce Brosnan?
31:01 Robin Williams said what about my dad?
38:58 Balancing work, family, and the worry that you will never act again
50:02 What are we lacking in our education today?
59:18 How do we get the best out of everyone?
1:04:14 What do you want people to know about Harvey Korman?
1:12:12 We need as many beacons of hope as we can get
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