The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

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Digby Wolfe
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1973   1972   1971   1970   1969   1968   … See all »
Won 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Dan Rowan ...  Self - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Dick Martin ...  Self - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Ruth Buzzi ...  Regular Performer / ... 139 episodes, 1967-1973
Gary Owens ...  Regular Performer - Announcer / ... 136 episodes, 1968-1973
Alan Sues ...  Regular Performer / ... 102 episodes, 1968-1972
Arte Johnson ...  Regular Performer / ... 94 episodes, 1967-1971
Henry Gibson ...  Regular Performer / ... 72 episodes, 1967-1971
Lily Tomlin ...  Regular Performer / ... 71 episodes, 1969-1973
Dennis Allen Dennis Allen ...  Regular Performer 68 episodes, 1970-1973
Jo Anne Worley ...  Regular Performer / ... 68 episodes, 1967-1973
Goldie Hawn ...  Regular Performer / ... 65 episodes, 1968-1970
Richard Dawson ...  Regular Performer / ... 41 episodes, 1968-1973
Lisa Farringer ...  Regular Performer 10 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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Comedy | Music

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TV-PG
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Trivia

Gary Owens auditioned for the show in a men's room. See more »

Quotes

Eileen: It was too bad Frank and Mia broke up, I've always been against mixed marriages.
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Crazy Credits

In the early episodes, Gary Owens opens the show while the cast come out from the joke wall. 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

Spoofed in Kim Possible: The Fearless Ferret (2003) See more »

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Seminal US sketch show
7 February 2003 | by alistair.bellSee all my reviews

The first three seasons of this show encapsulated the sheer energy of social and sexual revolution of the late 1960's.On the surface it was patchy,often very funny,satirical and not afraid to poke fun at the US involvement in the Vietnam war and the Nixon administration.It launched the careers of many of todays Film and Tv stars and inspired many a generation with it's trademark "Sock it to me", "Fickle Finger of Fate" and those epilepsy-instigating Party Sequences each episode. True, as with all shows of their time, a lot of the references and humour may have dated badly, but for a Pre-PC generation, it was naughty and not what your parents would want you to watch.Perfect. Many contemporary reviewers dismiss the show as vulgar and irrelevant, but for people who actually watched it at the time, it was breaking the formula of the TV variety show.It was the epitome of groovy and psychadelia for Network TV-very fast, energetic, colorful and loud which really hadn't been seen before. By 1970,most of the original cast had gone and the show started to look back on itself and died. It lasted another 3 years, but it could never recapture the excitement of the first three years.I think this holds true for society in general.Maybe today's politically correct generation really cannot appreciate the enjoyment gained by watching Laugh In for the first time.


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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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