Coming Distractions: Carol Burnett is the master of playing drunk in this exclusive clip

The key to playing a realistic drunk, actors are told, is to do as the truly drunk do: Pretend like you’re sober, but fail miserably. That’s exactly what the star of The Carol Burnett Show does in the video above, a 180-proof performance helped along by the fact that acting like she’s not “smeeyashed” is the whole premise of the sketch. But even if her character wasn’t trying to hide her slurred speech, rag-doll posture, and desire to make foghorn noises with a champagne...

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