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10/10
Circus Drawings is one of the late Richard Williams' works I just discovered
22 August 2019
As explained in print at the beginning of this short, Richard Williams was a young man living in Spain when he did some still drawings at a nearby circus which are shown at the beginning and end of the this film. A few decades later, he then animated and colored those drawings which are also shown here. I'll just now say this was quite a wonderful discovery of his works that's been shown online since he passed several days ago. So that's a high recommendation of Circus Drawings.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.14 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 14
7/10
Greer Garson returns to "Laugh-In" with Lorne Greene also guesting
21 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Greer Garson returns to "Laugh-In" encountering massive fan Henry Gibson who is reciprocated for his gushing to her with "Sock-It-To-Me"-type visual gags though in this post-Judy Carne era, that phrase seems to be no longer spoken. Also appearing is "Bonanza" star Lorne Greene in several western card-playing skits in which Alan Sues gets the equivalent of what Gibson's getting! Goldie Hawn does more than usual of her bloopers to one's delight. On that note, this was a consistently amusing if not completely hilarious ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.13 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 13
6/10
Phyllis Diller returns as a guest star on this ep of "Laugh-In"
21 August 2019
Phyllis Diller returns as the main guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In". She's so far the only one-when introducing the hosts Dan Rowan & Dick Martin-to actually appear with them when doing so. She does her usual jokes about hubby "Fang" as well as about her looks. Also appearing are Roger Moore when he was still known as "The Saint", Jacqueline Susann as she plugs her book "The Love Machine", and Romy Schneider from, I'm guessing, leftover footage from an earlier taping. This wasn't as funny as previous eps from this season but it's amusing enough as far as "Laugh-In" eps go...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.12 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 12
7/10
Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the guests on this ep of "Laugh-In"
21 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Engelbert Humperdinck is the main guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In" with cut-ins from Jack Benny, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Peter Lawford, and Jill St. John. Judy Carne is noticeably reduced in screen time as she only appears with Humperdinck and then with Johnny Carson in what was probably a leftover skit from a previous taping. That means only Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, and Pamela Rodgers (Just realized Teresa Graves doesn't appear much, either, if at all as I can't recall right now) are singing and dancing the "news" theme and Ms. St. John does the post-Flying Fickle Finger of Fate commentary. Anyway, much of what was presented was pretty funny. So this ep of "Laugh-In" gets a 7 overall...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.11 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 11
9/10
Sammy Davis Jr. makes a very welcome return to "Laugh-In"
20 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
After Judy Carne told a joke that offended Sammy Davis Jr., he wanted her to be socked but Judy explained the show didn't do that anymore except to guests during which Sammy got watered! Judy got it too as well! Throughout the whole show, Sammy dons a judge's uniform and raps about the news, Quickies, and other familiar skits but nothing about a judge as there's no skit involving a court. There are also some leftover skits from when Debbie Reynolds and Michael Caine were on as well as some pickups with Tennessee Ernie Ford. This was perhaps the funniest "Laugh-In" ep yet!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.10 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 10
7/10
Sid Caesar is the main guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In"
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Sid Caesar is the main guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In" as he charms with his unique brand of comedy like his playing a kisser in various countries. There's also some leftover skits from Peter Sellers as he teams with Goldie Hawn for the first time before they do so again in the movie There's a Girl in My Soup and a few more with Diana Ross. My favorite running skit involves Ruth Buzzi and her attempts to get her hand in a giant cookie jar as she's playing a little girl in that one! So on that note, that was quite a funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". By the way, this is the second ep of the show with a printed line-"Peter Fonda has a riding habit"-of the now-departed celeb.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.9 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 9
9/10
Carol Channing is her very charmng self on this particular "Laugh-In"
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
What a treat to watch this ep of "Laugh-In" not long after the passing of this particular show's guest star: Carol Channing! From a Hawaiian number at the beginning to she and Goldie singing about Blondes to a running skit about serving tea, Ms. Channing is both funny and charming in large doses! There's also a funeral skit for the phrase "Sock it to me!" with Judy Carne getting it for the last time (presumably as I've yet to watch the eps after this one)! Oh, and there's also many noticeable bloopers that make this one especially enjoyable to watch! So that's a high recommendation for this ep of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.8 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 8
5/10
Buddy Hackett and his son are the guests on this ep of "Laugh-In"
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This ep of "Laugh-In" begins with the entire cast at the Cocktail Party wearing pajamas along with guest star Buddy Hackett. In some of Hackett's segments, he's with his son who seemed to have been 12 at the time. Most skits were pretty silly though I did laugh a few times like the one where one married couple is being visited by an unwanted married couple as guests before a family member of the first one pretends to be a dog to drive the second couple crazy! This ep of "Laugh-In" gets a 5 from me...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.7 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 7
9/10
Flip Wilson and Jack Riley return for this ep of "Laugh-In"
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Flip Wilson is once again a guest star on "Laugh-In". Also appearing is Jack Riley who reprises his version of former president Lyndon Johnson. The then-current occupant and his vice president are also depicted in silhouette but one can tell by their voices that Dan Rowan is Nixon and Dick Martin is Agnew! Most showcased cast member in this ep of "Laugh-In" is Ruth Buzzi who is funny as all get out throughout this one, that's for sure! Oh, and Flip gets great mileage with all his "Woo!" he keeps shouting! So, yeah, this was quite a hilarious ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"! P.S. It was a bit poignant seeing this printed joke-"Peter Fonda...loves his Honda"-after he just passed away.
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Prologue (2015)
10/10
Prologue was the last work of the late Richard Williams
18 August 2019
Just found this, what I found out was the late Richard Williams' final film, on Facebook. It begins with a bug going out one flower to another and then segues to a bunch of men-one completely naked, one with some armor-fighting with swords and a few other weapons. I'll stop there and just say this was quite excellent in the way the figures seem life-like with great action and drama to spare. R.I.P. Mr. Williams
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.6 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 6
7/10
Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, and Romy Schneider are the guest stars of this ep of "Laugh-In"
18 August 2019
The guest stars on this ep of "Laugh-In" are Eli Wallach, his wife Anne Jackson, and Romy Schneider. Ms. Schneider talks to Wolfgang, Gladys, and Goldie Hawn. Mr. Wallach has a funny sketch with Dick Martin at a testimonial dinner involving a couple of gangsters. There's also a musical number about that. This was a mostly amusing if not completely hilarious ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.5 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 5
8/10
Jack E. Leonard, Mitzi Gaynor, and Lana Wood are the guest stars of this ep of "Laugh-In"
18 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
The special guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In" is comedian Jack E. Leonard, a fat and balding guy who I had only seen occasionally on TV growing up. His humor seems all over the place but I found quite a bit of it worth laughing at. Mitzi Gaynor does some cut-ins. When appearing with Dan & Dick, her special-which airs after a Bob Hope special which airs after this particular ep of "Laugh-In"-is mentioned as a plug. One more guest is Lana Wood, Natalie Wood's just as gorgeous sister. I'm guessing she's the bikini clad woman in some of the filmed segments. That's definitely her at the end of the Joke Wall sequence and then appearing with Wolfgang at the very end of the show... In summary, this was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.4 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 4
6/10
The Monkees (by this time, a trio) are the guest stars of this "Laugh-In" ep
17 August 2019
The Monkees were the guests of this ep of "Laugh-In". Only Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz, and Davy Jones were in the group by this point as Peter Tork had left by then. Best skit are those with Arte Johnson's Tyrone or Ruth Buzzi's Gladys or both. Amusing if not hilarious throughout the show. Oh, I also liked Jo Anne Worley and Teresa Graves' duet on a song later on...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.3 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 3
8/10
Sonny & Cher and a suprise guest appear in this ep of "Laugh-In"
16 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This ep of "Laugh-In" was obviously taped after the moon landing since there's a running skit about just that. Also, both Cher's movie Chastity and her and Sonny's baby of the same name also happened as both are mentioned as well. By the way, this is their first time appearing on the show together after both appeared separately during the first season. Also appearing in a couple of skits is Flip Wilson. There were many pointed topical jokes during the Cocktail Party sequence. And many more about "Myra Breakenridge"! So on that note, this was quite a funny ep of "Laugh-In"!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.2 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 2
5/10
Diana Ross, Michael Caine, and one other guest star appear in this ep of "Laugh-In"
16 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
The guest stars on this ep of "Laugh-In" are Diana Ross and Michael Caine. Ms. Ross appears in many of the sketches and sings some of the silly songs while Mr. Caine does comments throughout the show. The best skits involve Gladys and Tyrone, otherwise, this was one of the most silly eps of "Laugh-In" yet. Oh, there's actually one more guest: Bob Hope appearing at the end with Wolfgang pluging his special just after the show he's on that's ending. He had appeared in the previous year's season premiere at the beginning of that one with that same German soldier played by Arte Johnson...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.1 (1969)
Season 3, Episode 1
9/10
Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Carson, and Peter Sellers are the guests in this third season premiere ep of "Laugh-In"
14 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Well, most of the cast from the previous season of "Laugh-In" returns with these following newcomers: Teresa Graves, Jeremy Lloyd, Pamela Rodgers, and Byron Gilliam. Actually, the last one was on the show the last season but this was the first time he's even acknowledged in the opening credits as announced by Gary Owens! Among the guest stars are Debbie Reynolds-a former Miss Burbank, Johnny Carson, and Peter Sellers who has most of his scenes with fellow character actor Arte Johnson and would subsequently team with other cast member Goldie Hawn in the movie There's a Girl in My Soup. Johnson and Sellers are very funny when the latter is with the former in the Tyrone and Wolfgang skits. As always, Ruth Buzzi is also very funny when playing Gladys who for once isn't in the Cocktail Party sketch this ep! Plenty of plugs abound from Ms. Reynolds' TV show the following night to Sellers' upcoming movie The Magic Christian to Dick Martin mentioning Gary Owens's daytime show "Letters to Laugh-In" before literally "plugging" him to one after the Joke Wall closing credits which only shows a scene of a door to the CBS offices and voices representing a couple of the network executives discussing a new show they're trying to name. When one of the two suggests "Laugh-In", the other says that's already been taken so how about "Hee Haw"! By the way, it wasn't mentioned but that show replaced the already cancelled "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in the Sunday at 8 (9 Eastern) slot! Anyway, this was the funniest of the "Laugh-In" eps I've seen yet.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.26 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 26
7/10
Reverend Billy Graham pays a visit to the "Laugh-In" cast
11 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Billy Graham is the main guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep. He doesn't appear in any of the sketches, just talks to hosts Dan Rowan & Dick Martin and some of the rest of the cast individually. Repeat cut-ins from Werner Klemperer, Tiny Tim, and some people I didn't recognize. Goldie appears with Dan & Dick to basically intro film of the show's head writer and producer Paul Keyes walking with Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson during Nixon's inauguration. Keyes also wrote Nixon's speeches. Executive producer and creator George Schlatter himself appears at Dick Martin's chair and desk (which Dick never uses) during Dick's "News of the Present" segment. Schlatter (a.k.a CFG) seems to be sleeping there though I did detect him laughing at some of Dick's lines. Some previous skits are shown for the last time of this season. A couple of the new cast members-Dave Madden and Chelsea Brown-will depart after this season. Dave will subsequently be a regular on "The Partridge Family" as their manager for that show's entire four-year-run. Ms. Brown will eventually move to Australia to continue her career there. I'm looking forward to Lily Tomlin's debut on the show the following season...Oh, and this time, Gladys kisses Tyrone causing his usual falling-down-on-the-ground bit!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.25 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 25
6/10
Tony Curtis appears in a mixed bag of a "Laugh-In" ep
11 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Tony Curtis is the main guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep and it's a mixed bag. For starters, the girls of the show do a minstrel number for the news theme song with Chelsea in white face while the rest are in...anyway, if one doesn't get too offended at the make-up, there are some amusing jokes about that. Tony and Arte play some elderly jugglers/acrobats in which the punchline is how they keep falling down slowly as they try to do their act. Not funny at all! Once again, the young girls and old spinster Gladys are Playboy bunnies with Gladys having no luck at all! Those were funny as were anything involving Gladys who appears quite frequently in many sketches in this particular show. So on that note, this "Laugh-In" ep gets a 6...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.24 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 24
7/10
Sammy Davis Jr. returns as a guest on "Laugh-In"
10 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
When Sammy Davis Jr. first guested on "Laugh-In" the previous season, he introduced the "Here Come the Judge" theme rap. For this show, he not only does it again, he also plays the judge this time. He also tap dances with Arte Johnson as "Irish brothers", mistakenly thinks the girls of the show are calling him out during the news theme song and not the usual name Dan, plays a fellow old man next to Johnson's Tyrone with both getting hit by Ruth Buzzi's Gladys, and plays a fellow soldier next to Arte's German one. Oh, there's also another Lone Ranger sketch which was previously on when Peter Falk guested but Dan Rowan plays Tonto this time instead of LR who's portrayed this time by Sammy. This was a pretty funny ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.23 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 23
7/10
Flip Wilson and Werner Klemperer are among the guest stars of this "Laugh-In" ep
9 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
"Hogan's Hereos" Werner Klemperer drops by on "Laugh-In" as both himself and Col. Klink. Another vaudeville song-and-dance number at the beginning as well as several "Quickies". Flip Wilson returns for plenty of fun. Growing old is saluted on the "Mod, Mod, World" segment. This was an amusing enough "Laugh-In" ep. Oh, one more thing-This was the ep that Dan Rowan predicted, well, here's the quote: "Berlin, 1989. There was joy in the streets when the Berlin Wall was finally torn down. However, it was short-lived as they replaced it with a moat and alligators!"
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.22 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 22
8/10
James Garner and Ann Miller are among the guest stars on this ep of "Laugh-In"
9 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
In this ep of "Laugh-In": guest star James Garner gets to kiss all the ladies...except for Chelsea Brown who, because of the then-possibility of offending Southern affilates-only shakes his hand...but then he says, "Your place or mine?" Ann Miller is another guest star and she actually plays one of Dick's aunts in the closing monologue! And it's in this ep that my favorite Tyrone and Gladys exchange occurs: "Do you believe in the hereafter?" "Of course I do!" "Well, you know what I'm here after!" (After which Gladys hits Tyrone with her purse!) So, yes, that was another funny ep of "Laugh-In"...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.21 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 21
8/10
Connie Stevens returns for this ep of "Laugh-In"
8 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
This ep of "Laugh-In" begins with a big production of the cast performing a song-and-dance filled with topical jokes to hosts Dan Rowan & Dick Martin. Those latter two then intro something called a "Quickie"-a series of short skits with that word constantly printed on screen. Connie Stevens is the main guest star appearing in many of the sketches with cut-ins from Rock Hudson, Bob Newhart, Tiny Tim, and Mel Brooks! Another funny and entertaining ep of "Laugh-In" this was!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.20 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 20
8/10
Once again, Tiny Tim is a guest star on "Laugh-In"!
8 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Tiny Tim once again charms with another appearance on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" as he appears in many of the show's sketches such as at a western bar. Dan & Dick salute the various decades from the '20s to the '60s (which hadn't ended yet when this show first aired) as Guy Lombardo's "Auld Lang Syne" is played every time they segue to a new decade. Tiny Tim does nice singing for each one with the '60s portion having him perform a rocking "Tip Toe Through the Tulips"! Another highly entertaining ep of "Laugh-In"!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.19 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 19
9/10
Davy Jones is the guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In"
8 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Davy Jones of The Monkees is the main guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In". Goldie Hawn and Chelsea Brown appear as Playboy bunnies in a recurring skit along with Ruth Buzzi's Gladys! She also appears along with Arte Johnson's Tyrone in another park bench skit in which she always hits Tyrone with her purse whenever he says things she doesn't like! Rowan & Martin's "discovery" this week is an unusual bass player named Red Dog Webber. Loved Dick's reactions to him and Gladys' taking Webber away! Yes, Judy Carne once again gets "socked to"! I noticed Chelsea didn't do the filmed bikini dance with those words printed on her body like the other "Laugh-In" girls did this time. This seemed a more hilarious ep than I'd seen previous or maybe I'm just getting used to the rhythm of the blackouts! So, yeah, this is another recommended ep of the show....
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.18 (1969)
Season 2, Episode 18
8/10
Don Rickles was the guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep which marked future "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels' first credit as writer
7 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
"If TWA merged with A & P, it would probably become Twap!" That Goldie Hawn line was what I mainly remember from this often funny ep of "Laugh-In" when I first saw it on Nick at Night 30 years ago. Don Rickles is the main guest star in this one as he seems to be in every sketch on this show including being one of the dancers in the theme song of the "news" segment and also playing an old lady dressed just like Ruth Buzzi's Gladys in her skits with Arte Johnson's Tyrone! Dan Rowan did a pointed joke during the Cocktail Party sequence about the way American soldiers treated the Vietnamese the way they also treated the Indians (or Native Americans) when they came here. Perhaps that one was by Lorne Michaels who had his first writing credit on this ep of "Laugh-In" and would later create "Saturday Night Live" a couple of years after this show ended its run...
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