Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Episode #27

Season 2, Ep 13, Aired 12/30/68
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  • Episode Description
  • The show started with Kate Smith singing good night, then several short bits. After the intros, where Gary called the show Rowan and Martin's Thing, Kate sang the intro to Dan and Dick and the opening monologue had Dan asking Dick about his New Year's Eve plans. Then the first party segment, which had New Year's Eve balloons, Gladys and Tyrone, more short bits, and a segment focusing on the 1968 presidential campaign. Jack Riley did his LBJ impression, while other cast members and Rich Little did other candidates, holding pictures of them to their faces while doing their voices. Following were more short bits, Stranger Than Truth with Kate, several 'if ___ married ___' bits, and Mod Mod World looking at the battle of the sexes, which included Robot Theatre with Arte as an Arab king seducing Judy. Then more short bits, the second party segment, several one-liners, more short bits, and the Discovery Of The Week, the Brothers LeGard. Following was Sock It To Me Time, several Burbank jokes and more short bits. Then the news, where the men dressed up as the baby New Year while singing the news theme. Also included was Kate introducing the writing staff accepting an Emmy as the biggest mistake of 1968. Then a bit where the fire department pulls up to a fire, but a housewife won't let them use the hydrant. Then more short bits, the Flying Fickle Finger of the Year, a poem from Henry, a tribute to the washboard featuring Gladys and Tyrone, the good nights, the joke wall, and the last short bits.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Arte Johnson

    Regular Performer (1968-1971)

  • Dick Martin

    Co Host

  • Alan Sues

    Regular Preformer (1968-1972)

  • Gary Owens

    Regular Performer

  • Dave Madden

    Regular Preformer (1968-1969)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Judy: My mother says I'm too young to go dating. However, I can go pruning and oliving and raisining. I can even go out with a fig. Jo Anne: Well, there's another dried fruit joke.

    • Dave: My uncle is the meanest man in the world. He just bought 12 homing pigeons, then he moved.

    • Dick M.: If you took all the kilts in the world and laid them end to end, you'd have a lot of naked Scotsmen.

    • Dick W.: Now, I have no objection to Muhammad Ali, but I wouldn't want my sister to fight him.

    • George: I would like to do a short tribute to Burbank. (softly) Ta-da.

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    Notes (4)

    • Byron Gilliam appeared in the Campaign '68 bit, doing the 'voice' of George Wallace.

    • The short bits included Henry trying to open a door; Kate singing with an orchestra: Alan as Casanova climbing a trellace to Kate on a balcony; Vincent as Dr. Frankenstein, Arte as Igor and Alan as his creation; Ruth as a secretary having trouble with her typewriter; and Dick, Dan and Henry as waiters.

    • Bill Dana did most of his bits in his Jose Jimenez voice.

    • Nanette Fabray did most of her bits in American Sign Language.

    Trivia (2)

    • The Flying Fickle Finger Of Fate Award for the year went to the Soviet Union for loving freedom so much that they took Czechoslovakia's.

    • This time both Arte and Judy were holding back laughter during the Robot Theater bit.

    Allusions (5)

    • Christine Jorgensen: Mentioned by Dave in Mod Mod World, Christine Jorgensen was one of the first people to have a sex change operation.

    • Teresa Wright: Mentioned by Lena Horne, Teresa Wright was an Academy Award-winning actress. She won the best supporting actress of 1942 for Mrs. Miniver.

    • Dana Wynter: Mentioned by Bill Dana in one of his bits, Dana Wynter was an actress whose most famous role was Becky Driscoll in the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Her page is here.

    • Curtis Lemay: Imitated in the Campaign '68 bit, Curtis Lemay was a general in the Air Force who was also George Wallace's running mate.

    • George Romney: Imitated in the Campaign '68 bit, George Romney was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. He said in 1967 that he had been 'brainwashed' about the Vietnam War, which led to his dropping out of the campaign early. His son, Mitt Romney, is a former governor of Massachusetts and a candidate for President in both 2008 and 2012.

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