"Well, 'Mama's Family' is sort of set in some kind of time warp... I've often said that I think she's kind of like Archie Bunker in that we all know him, we all have one in our family, none of us will ever fess up to being him, so none of us are offended by him. And I think Mama's a lot the same way. You don't have to think about it: there's nothing sexual, there's nothing dark, there's nothing cynical, there's no message, it's just silly, good laughing for no good reason."
About This Interview
In her nearly three-hour Archive interview, Vicki Lawrence discusses her early experience in a high school musical troupe called Young Americans. She explains how a letter she wrote to Carol Burnett (along with her striking resemblance to the star) wound up jump-starting her career. She outlines her first job, on The Carol Burnett Show, where she played "Little Sis" and was mentored by cast-mates Harvey Korman and Tim Conway. She details her spin-off show, Mama's Family, and the genesis of her character, "Mama", on "The Family" sketches on the Burnett show. She discusses being the first female game-show host on Win, Lose, or Draw, getting her own TV talk show, Vicki!, and chronicles her many guest-roles on The Love Boat, Laverne & Shirley, and Hannah Montana, among others. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in Long Beach, CA on August 10, 2011.