CLEARWATER - The Tim Conway Show starring Tim Conway and Louise DuArt makes an exclusive Tampa Bay area stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
The inimitable, unpredictable, irrepressible and hilarious multi-Emmy-winning Conway, voice artist and then some DuArt combine to form a duo that will keep the audience laughing as they re-create classic sketches including Dorf and many more from The Carol Burnett Show. Conway will also share clips of him playing the funny guy alongside Harvey Korman’s straight man, which often included Korman cracking up midway through the scenes. The spontaneous break in character became a hallmark to watch for in every episode. There will be a large video screen and cameras for an up-close experience from any seat in the auditorium.
To his peers, Tim Conway is “the comedian’s comedian.” Audiences, on the other hand, simply consider him one of the funniest men in show business. Acclaimed for his inventive, often improvised style and razor-sharp timing, he has been honored for performances in motion pictures, television and stage.
Conway became best known through his 11 years co-starring on TV’s classic The Carol Burnett Show which garnered him six Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe® Award, major accolades from critics and three generations of fans.
Conway's often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio in the last forty years. In 1989, Conway received his much deserved star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame." In 2002, he and Korman were inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. In 2005, the duo joined the rest of the Carol Burnett cast in receiving TV Land's Legend Award.
All told, Conway's extensive television career has spanned nearly four decades with credits that include Ensign Charles Parker on McHale's Navy in the 1960's, which eventually landed him on The Carol Burnett Show, first starring as a guest in 1967 and then becoming a permanent fixture in 1975. In 2001, Conway and Korman starred in the 25th anniversary reunion special, The Carol Burnett: Show Stoppers. The program drew 30 million viewers and became the fourth highest rated TV show of the season. A testament to the show's unique multigenerational appeal, the special attracted everyone from grandparents who saw the original episodes to teenagers now enjoying re-runs on TV Land. His other television credits include Rango, Ace Crawford Private Eye, Tim Conway's Funny America, three self-titled variety shows and one sitcom. He's appeared on every major variety show from The Hollywood Palace to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, on sitcoms such as Married with Children, Cosby, Mad About You, Touched by an Angel and Coach, for which he won an Emmy® in 1997. He guest starred on Yes Dear and kids may recognize him as the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2003, Conway and Korman were featured performers on CBS's 75th Anniversary Special. He received an Emmy® for his appearance on 30 Rock in 2008.
Conway's film career includes They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way and The Long Shot, both of which he wrote, along with The Shaggy D.A., Speed II and Dear God. But it was his work in a long line of family films - The World's Greatest Athlete, The Apple Dumpling Gang,The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Gus, The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Prize Fighter and Private Eyes that garnered him the most acclaim. Conway wrote the last three and was frequently paired with Don Knotts for a double dose of comedy high-jinks.
In the home video market, Conway has found a welcome residence for his vertically-challenged character, Dorf, with both Dorf on Golf and Dorf Goes Fishing reaching platinum sales status. Conway also joined forces with Korman to produce the video Tim and Harvey in the Great Outdoors. Conway is an active member of several charities including various drug abuse programs and the Spastic Children's Foundation. He is the co-founder of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund to aid injured and disabled jockeys.
This fall Conway will release What’s So Funny? Written with Jane Scovell and published by Howard Books, What’s So Funny? captures Tim’s journey from life as an only child, to his tour of duty in the Army, to his ascent as a national star and household name.
Louise DuArt, often called one of the world's greatest comedic-impressionists, continues to astonish critics and audiences alike with her dead-on impressions of America's most famous people. With a unique talent for replicating celebrities in fun-loving style, Louise can carry-on animated fast-moving conversations between Joan Rivers, Edith Bunker, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, Whoopie Goldberg, Judge Judy, and a few dozen others, all at the same time. As her husband says, "I never know who I'm waking up next to."
Tickets are priced at $76, $50 and $35 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Pre-show dining is also available. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.