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This show popularized a rapid style of vignette comedy show where comedy sketches, punch-lines and gags are edited together in a rapid and almost random format. Regular trademark elements included the joke wall, the dancing women painted with one-liners and the fickle finger of fate award. This series would inspire such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Sesame Street. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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9 September 1967 (USA)  »

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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In  »

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(124 episodes)

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Trivia

The show's one-liner "Sock it to me!" was ranked #10 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). See more »

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[first lines of the show]
Announcer: What you're about to see is true.
[the word false appears on the screen, a man moves arrows on the clock in the back so it reads 8:00]
Announcer: Only names and faces have been left unchanged... to protect the innocent.
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Crazy Credits

In the early episodes, Gary Owens opens the show while the cast come out from the joke wall. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) See more »

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Well It's Time To Say Goodnight, Dick ...Very interesting
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actually, even though you'd think this was an original idea, the folks who created this updated Olsen & Johnson's HELLAZPOPPIN (film version 1941) Broadway show. The show ran during the height of the Vietnam war & even though it ran pieces protesting the war, it also ran cameos on Nixon & all the famous politics's who were supporting it too. The show is often a bunch of disjointed sketches with the only thing in common the fact that it followed a framework every week. The opening would feature Gary Owens & Morgel the Friendly Drelb and a few sketches. Then Rowan & Martin would come out & do some quickie stand up comedy. Next would be the party where all kinds of characters would show up including the great flesh painted dancing of Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Terri Garr & others. After the party, the Laugh-In Dancers & Goldie would blow an introduction to the News. Martin would do the news of the Present, Rowan would do the news of the Future, Alan Sues would do sports with BIG AL & his tinkle, then Rowan would intro a sketch to news of the past. Once this part of the framework was over, a special musical guest would appear (I remember Strawberry Alarm Clock doing TOMORROW in one early episode). Eventually another rotating feature would be put in like THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE, or Lily Tomlin doing an Operator routine or spoiled girl in giant rocking chair. Then finally we'd get to the joke wall (say Goodnight Dick) where almost anything would get thrown in. The credits would roll with the wall & then the end would be Arte Johnson as the German Soldier (sometimes with help) saying Very Interesting but... enjoyable but dated with the dippy sets now days. Fast paced too


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