#AtoZ 1968 – “L” is for Laugh-In

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

Laugh-In
image from Wikipedia

After a successful one-time special in September 1967, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” (its official title) debuted in January 1968. It ran for 140 episodes, to 1973.

The title of the show derived from popular phrases of the day, including “love-ins,” “sit-ins,” and “be-ins.” Dan Rowan (pictured above on the left) played straight man to Dick Martin, and many of their gags were reminiscent of old vaudeville shows, but with sexual innuendo or political overtones. It introduced us to some memorable comedians, including Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, and Goldie Hawn.

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BONUS MUSIC!

Here’s the #35 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“A Beautiful Morning” by The Rascals

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14 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “L” is for Laugh-In

  1. Hi Martha – those comedic type shows are just so much fun – we all need a good laughing work out – even if it’s all satire – all in good taste. Was that Roger Moore introducing Goldie Hawn? Fun – cheers Hilary

  2. What FUN! I loved Laugh-In. I remember the other skits well, but didn’t remember Goldie Hawn’s time zone skit. I had to watch that and laugh my way through it. Great post!

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