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Bowlmates Bieber and Burnett. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (Burnett)

He's being touted as the world's biggest pop star, but on the cover of this week's People magazine, Justin Bieber looks more like a comedy legend -- and a female one, at that.

Yes, with his bangin' bowl cut -- not to mention his grand, gummy smile -- the 16-year-old heartthrob seems to be channeling 76-year-old Carol Burnett in her heyday.

Though Burnett -- currently promoting her second memoir, "This Time Together" -- credited her sassy bob to her "Carol Burnett Show" hairstylist Gus Le Pre, Bieber claims his face-framing locks come naturally.

"I'd love to be able to say it was complicated, but I'm just chilling," he told T magazine. "My hair takes five minutes to do in the morning. I shower and as soon as I get out, I just shake it and it just does that. For real."

And while you're more likely to catch Bieber sporting G-Star, hoodies, and Alexander McQueen rather than a Bob Mackie original, StyleList has discovered that this toothy twosome have more in common than you think:

Bieber owes his career to R&B superstar Usher, who helped him land a contract at Island Records in 2008. A teenage Burnett worked as an usher at the Warner Hollywood theater until she had to turn in her epaulets for refusing to let a couple enter the theater after the movie had started.

Bieber hit the Billboard chart at No. 17 with his 2009 song "One Time"; Burnett's 1986 first memoir, "One More Time," peaked at No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Bieber is a huge fan of YouTube viral video "Scarlet Takes a Tumble," in which a girl falls off a table while singing. "I've seen it a million times," he told T magazine, "but I still think it's hilarious."

Wearing a Bob Mackie-crafted curtain-rod dress to spoof Scarlett O'Hara in the 1976 TV sketch "Went With the Wind," Burnett had her audience in stitches. "That," she told the Today show, "was one of the longest laughs we ever got on our show."

Hmm... maybe Bieber shouldn't rule out Mackie after all.

Meanwhile, read about Jennifer Love Hewitt's take on the classic bob.