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r.i.p. a comic genius

Harvey Korman, one of the genius comics of the past 40 years, died Thursday from complications due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It’s a sad moment for fans of comedy, and it made me think back to one of my favorite movies, Blazing Saddles. As Hedley Lamarr, the evil railroad executive, Korman struck such a perfect blend of wit and evil that seldom has any actor since come close to such perfection.

Here are two scenes from the film that embody the genius and talent Korman brought to the role.

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