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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 

Laugh-In (original title)
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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

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Digby Wolfe
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dan Rowan ...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Dick Martin ...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Ruth Buzzi ...  Regular Performer / ... 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Gary Owens ...  Regular Performer - Announcer / ... 140 episodes, 1968-1973
Alan Sues ...  Regular Performer / ... 102 episodes, 1968-1972
Arte Johnson ...  Regular Performer / ... 94 episodes, 1967-1971
Henry Gibson ...  Regular Performer / ... 87 episodes, 1967-1971
Lily Tomlin ...  Regular Performer / ... 85 episodes, 1969-1973
Dennis Allen Dennis Allen ...  Regular Performer / ... 72 episodes, 1970-1973
Jo Anne Worley ...  Regular Performer / ... 70 episodes, 1967-1973
Goldie Hawn ...  Regular Performer / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970
Richard Dawson ...  Regular Performer / ... 62 episodes, 1968-1973
Lisa Farringer ...  Regular Performer / ... 60 episodes, 1970-1973
Judy Carne ...  Regular Performer / ... 59 episodes, 1967-1971
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Storyline

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 inspired such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) and Sesame Street (1969). Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(124 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

One of the show's unusual features was the use of outtakes. If a sketch was flubbed due to a blown line (especially if the cast laughed), it would be included into the show before the perfected take was shown. See more »

Quotes

[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 Pilot Special, the ending credits show the cast playing with huge beach balls. See more »

Alternate Versions

Many of the original one-hour shows were re-edited into two half-hour programs in the early 1980s for syndication. Often, bloopers and outtakes were used to fill out a segment, especially during the joke wall sequence which occurred at the end of each show during the closing credits. New graphics were generated for credits on re-edited endings and run in the same sequence as the originals, but were in a different font. In a few instances, there was some overdubbing, specifically where Judy Carne's "NBC, beautiful downtown Burbank" was overdubbed with, "'ello, 'ello, beautiful downtown Burbank" when she played a switchboard operator on some of the earlier shows. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Auto Focus (2002) See more »

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A True Classic
14 March 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This show was to the 1960's what Your Show of Shows was to the 50's, Saturday Night Live was to the 70's and in Living Color was to the 90's. It was a breeding ground for some of the finest comic talent of the last nearly 40 years. The catchphrases, the schtick and, most of all, the joke wall were all vital parts of this show. And look at all the alumni. Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson et. al have all gone on to bigger and better things. In fact, Goldie Hawn parlayed her Laugh-In stardom into an Oscar for the Cactus Flower. Unfortunately, the show couldn't hold onto its best talent and eventually it faded in its final couple of years. However, this show will still be remembered for being a wonderful breeding ground.


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