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Carol Burnett to celebrate her 90th birthday with NBC special

Acclaimed entertainer Carol Burnett will celebrate her 60th birthday with “Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love,” a two-hour NBC special in her honor.

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett. Photo Credit: Chris Haston, NBC
Carol Burnett. Photo Credit: Chris Haston, NBC

Acclaimed entertainer Carol Burnett will celebrate her 60th birthday with “Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love,” a two-hour NBC special in her honor.

It will air on her birthday, Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. EST, and it will also be available for streaming the next day on Peacock.

The special was filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, and it will feature an A-list lineup of musical performances from such artists as Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

Musical tributes will pay homage to Burnett’s renowned career performances, including: “Old Friends,” dedicated to her 60-year friendship with Julie Andrews; “Only an Octave Apart,” which Burnett sang alongside Beverly Sills in the 1976 television special Sills and Burnett at the Met; songs from the film Annie; and a tribute to her classic theme song, “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together” from The Carol Burnett Show.

Special guests include Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Dame Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Emmy winner Susan Lucci (“All My Children”), Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, among others.

“I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends,” Burnett remarked.

“I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone,” she added.

The NBC special also will share some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s hallowed career.

From her Broadway debut in Once Upon a Mattress, her early appearances on The Garry Moore Show, her hit films The Four Seasons, A Wedding, Pete ‘n’ Tillie, her iconic role as Miss Hannigan in Annie, to her acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 seasons on CBS and played an instrumental role in the evolution of comedy.

“It’s hard to imagine anyone in television more beloved than Carol Burnett,” said, Jen Neal, the Executive Vice President, Live Events and Specials, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love is executive produced by Burnett, Brian Miller, Steve Sauer, Paul Miller and Baz Halpin, Mark Bracco, and Linda Gierahn of Silent House Productions. 

To learn more about Carol Burnett, follow her on Instagram.

Read More: Interview with Carol Burnett: The First Lady of Television Comedy

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 20,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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