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Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC Network. The title "Laugh-In" was a play on a popular 1960s concept called a "love-in," where people would get together to protest war by singing songs and holding hands. Hosted by the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin (Rowan typically played the straight man), the show was characterized by a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which had a sexual innuendo. It featured several running gags, including:

At the end of the show, Dan Rowan turned to his co-host and said, "It's time to say good-night, Dick", to which Martin replied, "Good-night, Dick" (reprising a bit from the old George Burns and Gracie Allen radio show). The show then featured various cast members opening panels in a psychedelically painted wall and telling short jokes to one another. As the show drew to a close and the general applause died down, the sound of one person clapping continued even as the screen turned blank.

The show gave considerable publicity to singer Tiny Tim, an unusual looking man with long hair who sang in a falsetto voice while accompanying himself on ukulele, who (thanks to his appearances on the show) achieved a hit single with "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". Tiny Tim was later married on the Tonight Show to a woman known as Miss Vicky.

Cast members Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn later became a noted film stars. Henry Gibson later starred in the Robert Altman film "Nashville" (which also featured Tomlin). Dave Madden, whose trademark on the show was to throw a handful for confetti while keeping a deadpan expression at the punch line of a joke, later played the role of Reuben Kincaid in the television sitcom "The Partridge Family." Richard Dawson, who previously had a regular part in the sitcom Hogan's Heroes, went on to his defining role as host of the US television game show Family Feud.

Besides "sock it to me" and "Good night, Dick", the show featured other popular catch phrases:

There was also a Laugh-In Magazine published for about 2 years; it was similar to MAD Magazine.

See also: Farkle, Alan Sues, Jo Ann Worley.

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