(Video link HERE.) After a reader mentioned an episode of the Carole Burnett show riffing on The Princess and the Pea (a reference to our inability to sleep no matter what fix we do to the myseriously vibrating bed) we went hunting for it.
We never found it* but stumbled on this extraordinary bit from “The Funeral”. Robin Williams pays his respects to the uptight, grieving widow of a man he used to sit with in his commute to work. He’s an irritating, lonely, rather presumptuous but well-meaning guy who Burnett tries hard to get rid off, finally yelling at him in anger to leave. The two minutes or so that follow are stunning, in their beauty, humanity, transformation and hilarity.
“But I just don’t know if I could. I’ve just never done anything like that, let it out like that.”
“You have to let it out.”
“Will you help me?”
You can watch the entire episode here.
*The Princess and the Pea wasn’t an episode of the Carole Burnett show, but rather, a play called Once Upon a Mattress. According to Cara de Silva