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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

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Digby Wolfe
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dan Rowan ...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Dick Martin ...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Ruth Buzzi ...  Regular Performer / ... 141 episodes, 1967-1973
Gary Owens ...  Himself / ... 140 episodes, 1968-1973
Alan Sues ...  Regular Performer 102 episodes, 1968-1972
Arte Johnson ...  Regular Performer / ... 94 episodes, 1967-1971
Henry Gibson ...  Regular Performer / ... 87 episodes, 1967-1971
Lily Tomlin ...  Regular Performer 85 episodes, 1969-1973
Dennis Allen Dennis Allen ...  Regular Performer 72 episodes, 1970-1973
Jo Anne Worley ...  Regular Performer / ... 70 episodes, 1967-1973
Goldie Hawn ...  Regular Performer / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970
Richard Dawson ...  Regular Performer / ... 62 episodes, 1968-1973
Lisa Farringer ...  Regular Performer 60 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 would inspire such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Sesame Street. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Music

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TV-PG
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

It was Producer George Schlatter's wife Jolene Brand who, after listening to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" thought that "Sock It To Me" would be a good bit for the show. See more »

Quotes

Goldie Hawn: Now THAT tickles my fancy!
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Crazy Credits

In the Pilot Special, the ending credits show the cast playing with huge beach balls. 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

Referenced in JFK (1991) See more »

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Ver-r-r-r-r-y Interesting...and FUNNY.
28 July 2006 | by haildevilmanSee all my reviews

Sketch comedy 60's style.

This pre-dates most of the SNL and In Living Color style shows that dominated TV in the 70's, 80's & 90's.

Rowan and Martin made an excellent team. Rowan's straight delivery with a hint of exasperation mixed greatly with Martin's sarcastic, deadpan quips.

My personal favorite was Arte Johnson. Anything he did made me laugh like a banshee. And Henry Gibson's poetry was a close second. But there were no duds at all in this show.

Guest watching also made this a fun trip. The psychedelic decor dates it a little, but it doesn't hurt. A lot of the humor seemed off the cuff.

And when Goldie Hawn picked up her Oscar while on the show, the whole cast kept dropping asides about it during that week's filming. They all made several comments about it.

I saw this during it's brief Nickelodeon run in the late 80's. Bring it back.


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