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 woman tattooed 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
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The "Cocktail Party" segment often featured uncredited appearances by Playboy centerfold models including Janice Pennington (May 1971), whose appearance was part of her centerfold photoshoot. The models usually appeared as dancers or the objects of Dick Martin's clichéd propositions. Martin married, divorced then remarried playmate Dolly Read (May 1966). See more »
It's not the hawks and doves that I'm worried about... it's those cuckoos in Washington that want to make pigeons out of all of us.
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The early episodes's closing credits happen while the cast tell jokes from the joke wall. See more »
"Laugh-In" was a solid mix of one liners, sight gags, and other forms of sketch comedy. Designed to be a satire of its times, "Laugh-In" is probably better remembered for its catch phrases, including "Sock it to me," "Very interesting," and "Here come da judge, here come da judge." And let's not forget The Groaning Wall. The variety series was hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and launched the careers of Goldie Hawn, Richard Dawson, and Steve Martin. After six years on the air, "Laugh-In" bowed out of the prime time spotlight. Now if only Some Newer Latenight variety show had the same common sense to quit while it was ahead.
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