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2 items from 2015

Trailers From Hell on 1976's Politically Incorrect 'Norman... Is That You?'

6 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Laugh-In" director George Schlatter based this 1976 farce on a failed stage play about two stereotypically Jewish parents and their frazzled reactions to the fact that their son has a boyfriend. For the film Schlatter cast Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey as the parents, thereby ensuring a comedy even more rife with politically-incorrect possibilities. Look for Mad cartoonist Sergio Aragones in a small part. »

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How Gary Owens Became an Iconic Announcer on 'Laugh-In'

13 February 2015 3:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a career that spanned seven decades, Gary Owens' role as the off-the-wall announcer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was a highlight that has become part of broadcasting history. Owens, who died Thursday at 80, will always be remembered as he cupped his hand over his ear and provided the voice of the comedy show that reinvented comedy. When he got the job just before the series launched in 1968 — and made comedy history — Owen's "audition" was anything but standard, recalls George Schlatter, now 82, who was the hit show's creator and executive producer. Schlatter's

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