Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

NBC (ended 1973)
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  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In turned out to be one of the most successful mid-season replacements, ranking right up there with All in the Family and it was just as controversial. This memorable variety show that gave us such memorable sayings like "very interesting", "ring my chimes", "look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls", "sock it to me", "You bet your Sweet Bippy", "Here Comes The Judge!", "Its Time to Say Goodnight Dick", as well as many others, proved to be unlike any variety show that ever graced television. Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, this unique variety show was a fast moving barage of jokes, one-liners, running skits, musical numbers as well as making fun of social and political issues of the late 1960's. It was the group of regulars, particularly those from 1968-1970, that made it memorable. Gary Owens, Judy Carne, Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Alan Sues, Goldie Hawn, Chelsea Brown, Henry Gibson and Jo Anne Worley seemed to make the most lasting impressions with viewers. Lily Tomlin joined the cast in 1970 at a point when most of these original regulars were leaving. Gary Owens was the announcer, Judy Carne was the "Sock it to Me" girl, Arte Johnson frequently portrayed the German soldier who spouted "very interesting" or the dirty old man that would annoy the frumpy Gladys played by Ruth Buzzi. Goldie Hawn was the blonde dingbat and Chelsea Brown was the only black female who was later replaced by Teresa Graves. Henry Gibson usually recited poetry and Jo Anne Worley usually was seen singing with her loud voice. In 1970, most of the originals left the series and the ratings began to slowly drop. Lily Tomlin was hired and instantly her characters began to energize an already sagging show. Ernestine, the wacky telephone operator was probably the most popular. The final season, had almost a totally new set of regulars with the exception of Ruth Buzzi and Gary Owens. Lily Tomlin was seen occasionally on account of the fact that she was planning on leaving the show. The series ended in 1973. In 1993, NBC aired a 25th Anniversary Special that garnered fantastic ratings and prompted two more specials to air, one in December 1993 and one in February of 1994. NBC Broadcast History January 1968-May 1973-----Mondays----8:00 p.m. For the first time since it originally aired, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was seen in its original hour-long episodes on the cable network Trio. Previously, the series had been shown on Nick at Nite but only as edited half-hour episodes. Also, on the Comedy Network in Canada, There is a Valentines Day Special and periodically the 25th anniversary special is repeated on that channel.moreless

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  • S 7 : Ep 3

    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine's Day Special

    Aired 2/14/94

  • S 7 : Ep 2

    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Past Christmas Present

    Aired 12/2/93

  • S 7 : Ep 1

    Laugh-In's 25th Anniversary

    Aired 2/7/93

  • S 6 : Ep 24

    Episode #140

    Aired 3/12/73

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    Episode #139

    Aired 3/5/73

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Rowan

    Co-Host/Regular Performer

  • Dick Martin

    Co-Host/Regular Performer

  • Dennis Allen

    Regular Performer

  • J. J. Barry

    Regular Performer

  • Tod Bass

    Regular Performer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (630)

    • Dan: You still don't know anything about pills. Dick: Well, I may not, but I have a friend who does. Dan: Who? Dick: Kermit. Why, he takes pep pills to get up in the morning. He takes, uh, tranquilizers to go to sleep at night. Every day of his life it's just pills, pills, pills. Dan: Have they helped him? Dick: No, he's pregnant. (audience hoots and hollers)

    • Jo Anne: Boris and I fell in love at a peace rally, but then he attacked me.

    • Ken: The difference between sex and love is just a matter of semantics.

    • Dan: (at the end of New Talent) I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful phone call.

    • Judy: In my opinion, the Soviet Union is just a Communist front.

    • Pamela: I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. I think it was about Russia.

    • Monte: I just cut down on my driving and drink more carefully.

    • Flip: Would the real Wilt Chamberlain please sit down?

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    Notes (223)

    • Paul Weston appeared briefly in the opening title sequence playing with some musical toys.

    • The short bits also included Larry doing his David Brinkley impression, Ken having trouble getting on a horse, Dick as a drunk(where he first said 'I'll drink to that!'), bumper stickers on different vehicles, a strongman lifting weights and Dan having problems with a mysterious female hand.

    • Several of the bits that were used here were used throughout the first season, including the picket signs and Dick in the elevator.

    • The short bits included Dick getting on an elevator, Judy playing ping-pong, Dick as a door sign painter, feet sticking out from under covers on a bed, and Dick as a convict about to be electrocuted, with Dan as his lawyer.

    • Gary Owens used the introduction "From their beautiful studios in downtown Burbank..." This eventually evolved into the famous "beautiful downtown Burbank" line.

    • Gary Owens makes his first appearance; he would one of only four people to appear in each season, Dan and Dick and Ruth Buzzi being the others.

    • Sock It To Me Time was called Sock It To 'Em time here; later on it would be Sock It To Me Time. Also, each time Dick would get it socked to him, except for the last time, where Judy got splashed.

    • Goldie Hawn briefly appeared during one of the Sock It To 'Em Times.

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    Trivia (96)

    • The appearance of Leo G. Carroll is ironic, since his show, The Man From UNCLE, was replaced by Laugh-In in the Monday at 8:00 spot.

    • Arte Johnson did his Rosmenko character during New Talent, but Dan called him Dismenko.

    • The short bits included Tim as a track and field athlete having problems with various events, Dan as a safecraker, Dick's sign painter, Arte as George Washington, and Dan and Paul having a duel.

    • The show included several cast members from The New Adventures Of Robin Hood, which also appeared on NBC in 1968. The show starred David Watson as Robin Hood, Walter Slezak as Friar Tuck and Bruce Yarnell as Little John, and they appeared as their characters. The show also starred Arte Johnson as a character called Much. The IMDB page for this show can be found here.

    • During the Hickory Dickory Dock poem, Jo Anne said it struck three in Idaho. It should have struck two, since Idaho is two hours behind New York, which Larry Hovis said it struck four in New York.

    • At the beginning of the show, Gary said that there would be no April's Fools jokes, though he got splashed with water and fell through the trap door right after that. For the remainder of the show, he wore a bathrobe with a towel around his neck.

    • The short bits included Goldie wearing several funny bikinis, Judy as a maid cleaning, Barbara as Dear Aggie, and Dick at the elevator.

    • Jan Sterling and Robert Service: Dick did this joke in the last joke wall segment: 'If Jan Sterling married Phil Silvers, divorced him and married Robert Service, she'd be Jan Sterling Silvers Service.' Other than Phil Silvers, Dick is referring to: Jan Sterling was an actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for The High and the Mighty in 1955. She also appeared on numerous TV shows. Her page can be found here. There are several people named Robert Service, but Dick is most likely referring to the Briton who is a Russian historian.

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    Allusions (23)

    • Patrick Lyndon Nugent: Mentioned by Dick in the news segement, Patrick Lyndon Nugent is the oldest son of Luci Baines Johnson, the younger daughter of former President Lyndon Johnson.

    • Perle Mesta: Just before the party, across the screen scrolled the following: 'Remember Pearl Mesta.' Perle(not Pearl, though that was the original spelling) Mesta was a Washington, DC society matron best known for throwing lavish political parties.

    • Adano: In the joke wall segment, Dan says, 'Does the name Adano ring a bell?' This is a reference to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Bell For Adano.

    • Ish Kabibble: Mentioned by Buddy in the 'if ___ married ___ ' bit, Ish Kabibble was a comedian and cornet player for Kay Kaiser's orchestra.

    • Helen Twelvetrees: Mentioned by Gary after Jo Anne's short song, Helen Twelvetrees was a star of early motion pictures with sound.

    • Regis Toomey: Mentioned at the end of Sock It To Me Time, Regis Toomey was an actor who appeared in countless movies and TV shows. His most memorable appearances were in Burke's Law and the movie Guys and Dolls. His page can be found here.

    • Ivy Baker Priest: Mentioned in the 'if ___ married ___' bits, Ivy Baker Priest was a former United States Treasurer, and at the time of the show, the state treasurer of California. Her daughter, Pat Priest, played Marilyn on The Munsters.

    • Abe Lastfogel: Mentioned in Mod Mod World, Abe Lastfogel was the long-time president of the William Morris Agency.

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  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • dvd for sale

    By LavenderQueen616, Oct 11, 2014

  • Outlandish For It's Day

    By seywhut, Oct 25, 2012

  • A sketch comedy show that was in the linage of The Benny Hill show and which went on to inspire Hee Haw.

    By iskabibble07, Sep 03, 2007

  • The definite best and rebellious variety show.

    By supremespice, Sep 06, 2006

  • Before my time but still funny

    By Grizzlyoflight, Feb 14, 2006