Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

SAG Awards 2016: Carol Burnett 'would like to see cleverness come back’ to comedy

Posted on

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Carol Burnett took home the lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, and backstage after her win, the iconic actress had a few words to say about the state of modern TV comedy.

“Some of the sitcoms that I see — I won’t name them — but they make me feel like they might be written by teenage boys in a locker room,” Burnett said. “It’s just, it’s easy to get those kinds of laughs, so I would like to see cleverness come back. It does exist in some shows, but not enough.”

Burnett also cited the iconic shows that used to air with The Carol Burnett Show on Saturday nights, like All In The Family, M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

“I don’t mind edgy,” Burnett added. “I’m not a prude by any means of the imagination. I like edgy comedy. But I also think there is room for just plain old happy belly laughs. And you don’t really see that too much anymore. And I sound like an old fogey, but look at our Saturday night lineup that we had back then… And it was all clever, and it holds up today.”

See the full list of SAG winners here

Additional reporting by Marc Snetiker.