Dentist Sketch  

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"Novocaine… Novocaine… Take a firm hold of the hypodermic needle." --"Dentist Sketch"f

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Dentist Sketch is a sketch from The Carol Burnett Show with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway. In it, an inexperienced dentist accidentally sedates his hand, leg and forehead.

Tim Conway is "The Dentist" and Harvey Korman the patient.

The sketch is very similar to one performed by Les Dawson recorded in 1971:

Daphne Green, Brian Glover. Sez Les, Series Three, Show 2, 23-8-71 (ITV GRANADA).
Students of comedy will note the strong similarity between this sketch and the better-known version performed some years later in the mid-Seventies on the Carol Burnett Show by Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Clearly the source material for both sketches is the same, in particularly with regards to physical 'business'. Les Dawson himself was responsible for much of the material on his own shows so this sketch may well be his own creation, though it is likely to be the work of other writers, or even have an earlier provenance. Alas, there are no writers credited on this edition of the show, though Peter Dulay credited as 'Script Associate'.[1]

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