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Carol Burnett's Ear Tug - At the end of each installment of the comedy variety program THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW/CBS/1967-79, comedian Carol Burnett sang her closing theme song:
"I'm so glad we had this time together
Just to have a laugh or sing a song
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, 'so long'."

As the lyrics ended, she said goodnight to the audience and then tugged on her left earlobe. This tugging gesture was the silent personal message to her grandmother (Nanny) that everything was all right.

Carol Burnett Tugs Ear

Carol was also famous for doing her trademark Tarzan yell when asked to do so by members of her studio audience at the beginning of each show.

TRIVIA NOTE: Years earlier on the game show WHAT'S MY LINE/CBS/1950-67 moderator John Daly would tug on his ear when trying to let a panelist know that things weren't all right and that their conversation was getting a bit too risqué, and that maybe they should change the subject.

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