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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
...  Himself - Host 141 episodes, 1967-1973
...  Regular Performer 141 episodes, 1967-1973
...  Announcer / ... 140 episodes, 1968-1973
...  Regular Performer 102 episodes, 1968-1972
...  Regular Performer / ... 94 episodes, 1967-1971
...  Regular Performer / ... 87 episodes, 1967-1971
...  Regular Performer 85 episodes, 1969-1973
Dennis Allen ...  Regular Performer 72 episodes, 1970-1973
...  Regular Performer / ... 70 episodes, 1967-1973
...  Regular Performer / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970
...  Regular Performer / ... 62 episodes, 1968-1973
...  Regular Performer 60 episodes, 1970-1973
...  Regular Performer / ... 59 episodes, 1967-1971
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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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9 September 1967 (USA)  »

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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In  »

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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

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 Pilot Special, the ending credits show the cast playing with huge beach balls. See more »

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Referenced in 'Til Death: Performance Anxiety (2007) See more »

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Seminal US sketch show
7 February 2003 | by See 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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