Kevin Spacey's Impression of Jimmy Stewart Brings Carol Burnett to Tears (VIDEO)

It's to remember sometimes that legendary stars have their very own Hollywood heroes. Kevin Spacey brought his idol Carol Burnett to tears on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week, with his spot-on impersonation of her idol, Jimmy Stewart.


Did you follow all that? The House of Cards actor dropped in on the late night show to pay a visit to Carol Burnett, one of his own idols. Burnett herself is also a huge fan of Spacey, but the late Jimmy Stewart holds a special place in her heart.

Stewart was one of the last guests to ever appear on The Carol Burnett Show. He also appeared several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and once recited a heartbreaking poem about his euthanized dog Beau.

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Completely channeling Stewart's distinctive drawl, Spacey told Burnett, "I wanted to come out here tonight for you, Carol, because you may remember I used to go on The Johnny Carson Show and, well, I'd read a poem every now and then."

Then he launched into his poem title "Carol," and the Mark Twain Prize-winning comedienne was moved to tears.


Here is the poem that Kevin Spacey recited as Jimmy Stewart: 

Carol Burnett is a wonderful gal

She always makes me laugh somehow

All she has to do is put on that silly grin

And I get this funny feeling all over my chin

Whether she's wearing a dress made of old drapes

Or doing that Tarzan yell like some crazy apes

The stewardess Nora Desmond, and the chairwoman, that poor Mrs. Wiggins

Why, these are just some of the characters for which she's won all those ribbons

Now I'm not usually a sentimental fellow

But when she tugs at her ear, well, the tears that come, they make my eyes all yellow

But I've made a decision that I'm sure you'll agree is sublime

Once I'm done with this stumbling, Stewart-like ditty I've rhymed

The drinks are on me all night at the bar

Because Carol Burnett is still comedy's greatest star.


Image via The Late Show With Stephen Colbert/YouTube

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