Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett sing 'Ohio': Why, oh why doesn't Sue sing more?

Why did Sue Sylvester’s mom leave Ohio? Well, based on this duet from Tuesday’s episode of Glee, it might not have everything to do with hunting Nazis, as Sue once claimed. And it’s too bad Sylvestor Senior (played by comedy legend Carol Burnett) skipped town — the duo seem to pair together in perfect harmony. No, really: The vaudeville-esque “Ohio” from the 1953 musical Wonderful Town showcases both their wonderful voices — and makes you wonder why Sue doesn’t ditch the tater tot talk for more singing. Click the jump to hear the wonderful duet!

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  • Tony


    Hey, EW needs more GLEE coverage.

    • Gleek

      Hey, there’s never enough GLEE coverage on EW.com. Every blogger must post every week at least one entry on GLEE. TV coverage, music coverage, movie coverage on the hoped-for GLEE movie, book coverage, stage coverage, etc. Every article that only tangetially has to do with GLEE must have GLEE in the headline. All GLEE all the time!

    • Scooter

      as long as readers keep clicking and commenting on the Glee coverage, EW.com will continue to write it. so quit your complaining, and stop reading if it bothers you. jeez.

  • Kim

    I LOVE Carol Burnett! Can’t wait to see this episode.

  • chattypatra

    This is mesmerizing. Carol Burnett is so fantastic in everything she does! I wish we this level of quality on the show every week. I am truly looking forward to this episode!

    • LMNOP

      Carol Burnett should be the next Betty White. She’s as talented if not more talented than Betty White (not sure if she can match Betty for the “innocent” act, though), but for young people who don’t know who she is, you are really missing out with this woman!

      • Woot

        Well to be fair most people know her as Miss Hannigan from Annie.

      • jared4ever

        I would say more talented actually. As much as i love Betty White… Carol Burnett is a comedy genius. AND she can sing!

  • Jackie

    Fantastic! I cant wait! The casting at Glee is fabulous! I love Tuesdays!

  • Rebecca

    I’d never heard this song before, and as someone who grew up in Ohio but moved to the South recently, it made me smile. :)

  • mscisluv

    This is really beautiful! This makes me think of when we first saw Vocal Adrenaline, and they started off their verson of “Rehab” singing something about Ohio. Anyone know what that was from?

    • SAinSA

      The 3x repeated “Ohio’s” are very reminscent of the melody and last word of Ohio State University’s Alma Mater, “Ohio.” (OSU alum.) Factoid: The backdrop behind Sue during “Sue C’s It” is actually downtown Columbus, Ohio–nowhere near Lima. Cleveburg would be more appropriate.

    • SAinSA

      Correction, “Carmen Ohio” (got ahead of myself).

      • SAinSA*

        Note to self:
        If I’m going to be a know-it-all smartypants, I should get my facts straight before I start typing.

      • Michael

        Nope, I was too. But the “Ohio” they sang was probably a better fit for those two. I’d never heard of the song, though.

  • adam

    Am I the only one who was expecting the Neil Young song?

    • Sarah

      I totally did. Too bad!

    • Stevex

      Right there with ys, Adam. I could see Jane Lynch singing Neil, but the idea of Carol Burnett warbling “Four dead in Ohio” is just too weird.

  • Dena

    I was expecting the Bowling for Soup song…

  • Close One

    Phew, almost thought EW wouldn’t hit the Glee quota for today.

    • Gleek and Proud

      You’re aware that your comment just adds to the likelyhood of them posting more since it’s all about posts, right?

      • Gleek and Proud


      • Charlie Baltimore

        But it also helps to get across how effing tired a great many of us are of the constant Glee coverage.

      • VA

        @Baltimore — except you whiners are in the minority. When the volume of posting reaching in the hundreds with the percentage of those that like sitting around 90% — you losers are just that..losers. If you don’t like the coverage then stop reading and move on. Geesh.

  • Gator

    I can’t wait to see this. Carol Burnett on Glee just equals awesome!!

  • tvfan

    People complain about EW’s supposedly unending Glee coverage, but honestly, I think there are more Dancing With The Stars posts on EW.com than Glee updates. People should just face it; some of us really like this show and we want to read about it!

    • CJ

      And the complainers about the coverage need to remember that, as with most entertainment coverage, EW will cover that which is popular in the entertainment world. Right now that is Glee, DWTS, Harry Potter, House, and soon American Idol. I don’t believe I ever saw EW claim they provided fair and balanced reporting on every possible thing in Hollywood. They cover what they know people will read. For those that don’t like it, should just either stop reading the post they aren’t interested in (no one is forcing you to click a button) and find a different site such as Deadline that just does updates on casting and such.

      • Bri

        y so mad?

      • Rolo Tomasi

        Glee isn’t even ranked in the top 20 most watched TV shows. Doesn’t sound too popular to me

      • murley

        what cracks me up is you have to click the article to post a comment and by doing so you increase the stats for the article. ew is going to put articles on their website that garner traffic. don’t want glee articles? don’t help make them so popular. the truth is, most of these negative posters just want people to hear them complain.

  • Claire

    Excited about this duet, but at the back of my mind: when is Darren Criss coming back?

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  • BJohnson

    Why do you assume people didn’t realize that Jane Lynch was this talented until Glee. When I saw Best in Show, I saw genius. Awesome casting this season!

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  • Bridget

    Loved it!! I can’t wait to see this episode! Love Jane Lynch & Carol Burnett!

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