Tim Conway retires, cancels Florida live shows
Tim Conway, the comedian who made all his co-stars on The Carol Burnett Show crack up in almost every skit and the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob Squarepants (See below for my favorite Conway characters and weigh in) has decided to retire from concert performances. That means that he's canceled all his Florida appearances including his March 23 date at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and his March 22 show in Sarasota.
Conway turns 80 on Dec. 15 and his statement announcing the retirement seems to take that into account:
"After completing an exhausting and extensive national book tour promoting his autobiography, So You Think That's Funny, Tim Conway, in consultation with his family, has decided that it's time to retire from performing live in concert on the road. Tim will truly miss this part of his performing career and will look back upon it with only very fond memories. He sincerely apologies for any inconveniences and disappointments this has caused to his fans and to the venues but believes that this is in his and his family's best interest going forward."
I'm hoping this leaves the door open for the occasional stop on the Tonight Show and his SpongeBob gig. What are your favorite Tim Conway characters over the years? Here's mine:
His "old man" character with the shaggy white hair, above, with the painfulflly slow speech, and shuffle. Waiting for him to finish a sentence and his many ad-libs usually broke up his fellow sketch performers. My favorite was when he would oh so slowly elucidate an "Ooooowww"
Mr. Tudball: The Swedish businessman with the daffy secretary played by Burnett, or "Mrs. eh-Wiggins" as Tudball called her.
Amos Tucker: Half of a bumbling holdup team with Don Knotts in 1975's The Apple Dumpling Gang. This is only movie I can remember my parents taking the whole family to twice, a rare treat in our large brood.
Barnacle Boy This recurring role on SpongeBob is why adults love this cartoon as much as kids. Conway is paired up as the sidekick to his old McHale's Navy co-star, Ernest Borgnine (as Mermaid Man)