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Carol Burnett has a lot to laugh about as 'The Carol Burnett Show' celebrates its 50th anniversary

LOS ANGELES - Carol Burnett was back in the sandbox, as she calls it.

The veteran entertainer had returned to Stage 33 on the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles - the original home base of "The Carol Burnett Show" - to tape a special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking comedy-variety show, which premiered in 1967 and ran for 11 years.

The series had almost been a sitcom called "Here's Agnes." But Burnett, a cast member on the variety series "The Garry Moore Show," had wanted a 28-piece orchestra. She wanted a repertory company and guest stars. She wanted costume changes.

"I had this terrific and unheard-of contract that read if I wanted to push that

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