During this week’s NBC tribute special Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love, luminaries from all walks of life paid homage to Carol Burnett.
During the two-hour long special, Katy Perry took the stage and delivered a theatrical performance of Burnett’s classic theme song, “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together.”
During Perry’s rendition, the screen above the stage presented images of Burnett with some of her most notable Carol Burnett Show guests. Among them appeared Cher, who used her speech during the special to credit the host with helping her stand on her own as she discovered her identity outside of Sonny + Cher.
During the song’s final verse, which Burnett’s former husband Joe Hamilton wrote for her, Perry made her way into the audience to share the moment with the honoree, as she sang “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,” she sang before passing the microphone to Burnett to bring it all home: “Comes the time we have to say, “So long.”
“Oh god, thank you everybody,” Carol told the audience after singing with Perry, followed by her signature ear tug that was always subtle sign that she was thinking about her grandmother.
With some seven decades of experience to her credit, the now 90-year old the actress and comedian sat in the audience surrounded by generations of talent who learned from the best by studying her work.
About her televised special, Burnett told NBC Insider “I can’t wrap my head around it.” “I keep feeling like I’m 11…I feel very fortunate, and I’ve said this before: I’m happy. I’ve got all my parts. My hips, I’ve got my knees, my brain. So far, so good.”