* ActingForTwo: Many sketches would have Carol playing twins, usually to spoof films in which actresses like BetteDavis did the same. Examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpPSayL19Ag "A Swiped Life"]] and [[Series/{{Columbo}} "Cobumble"]].
** One question period had Carol tell a childhood anecdote in which she actually pretended to be a set of twins, complete with changing of clothes, etc.
* ApprovalOfGod: Initially, viewers did not find the "Norma Desmond" sketches [[DudeNotFunny very funny]], and felt they were an insult to actress Gloria Swanson (whom the sketches were a parody of). Gloria Swanson though appeared in one episode explaining that she thought they were hilarious.
* {{Blooper}}: Of course a compilation of them was released.
** Though many ended up in the final broadcasts.
* EditedForSyndication: The intros with the audience and non-musical sketches were edited into the half hour 1978 show ''Carol Burnett and Friends''.
* EnforcedMethodActing: According to Carol, the reason behind Ms. Wiggins's trademark walk was due to the fact that the skirt she was given was too large and walking that way was the only way to keep it from falling off.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Tim Conway either added his own embellishments or went completely off script during his appearances, sending sketches off the rails and causing the cast to break character to the delight of the audience.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The first five seasons of the series (1967-1972) are co-owned with Bob Banner, preventing them from subsequent syndication and home video releases. With Banner's death in 2011, the outcome of this looked uncertain, until Carol Burnett and Time/Life announced a 2015 DVD release of select episodes from those seasons.
** The bulk of the musical numbers have not been seen since the original network airings due to licensing issues. Eventually, a DVD collector's edition of the show which includes the musical numbers was released by mail order offering only 2 episodes per $19.95 disc, the extra money going for the licensing.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** To put it simply, anybody ''with a pulse'' from 1967 to 1978 will have guest-starred on the show.
** Hell, even some of ''the audience members'' were (and are) recognizable. Modern viewers will likely find ''[[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]]'' being in the audience rather hilarious.
** "A Special Evening with Carol Burnett": Eunice's psychiatrist will be familiar to ''[[Series/TheGoldenGirls Golden Girls]]'' fans as the pyromaniac in the episode "'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas".
*** The actor, Craig Richard Nelson, also starred with Burnett in ''A Wedding'', ''The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank'' (both 1978), and the 1979 summer series ''Carol Burnett and Company''.
** Gail Parent was a writer for 133 episodes. Parent is best known for co-creating ''Series/MaryHartmanMaryHartman''.
** Dick Clair and Jenna [=McMahon=] were writers for 120 episodes. Both are best known for creating ''Series/MamasFamily'' and ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
** Woody Kling was a writer for 73 episodes. Kling is best known for creating ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite''.
** Tom Patchett was a writer for 25 episodes. Patchett is best known as co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/{{Alf}}''.
** James R. Stein was a writer for 24 episodes. Stein is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/SonOfTheBeach''.
** Bob Schiller was a writer for ten episodes. Schiller is best known for co-developing ''Series/TheLucyShow''.
** Bob Weiskopf also was a writer for ten episodes. Weiskopf also co-developed ''The Lucy Show''.
* ThrowItIn: The show would only do two takes a sketch, meaning even flubbed lines would get thrown in the broadcast.
** WordOfGod says Miss Wiggins' nail biting was Carol's way of not breaking up at Tim's Mr. Tudball.
* UnPerson: Sort of. The fact that Dick Van Dyke was an actual cast member during the last years (replacing Harvey Korman) is rarely brought up in documentaries or behind the scenes specials, and said episodes rarely air in syndication. Mainly because many people felt those episodes [[SeasonalRot weren't very good]], and that Dyke had no real chemistry with Carol, Tim, or Vicky. Even Dyke himself [[OldShame looks back at his time on the show with regret and embarrassment.]] On the other hand, Dyke does remain good friends with Burnett.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In interviews, Tim Conway said that in the 80s he was offered a chance to star in a ''Mr. Tudball'' spin-off. He declined because he didn't see much potential for storylines, plus the fact that Carol would not be playing Miss Wiggins.