Television

“…just to have a laugh and sing a song…”

On December 3rd last year, the CBS Television Network paid fitting homage to the woman whose 1967-78 variety hour not only proved to be the gold standard of that type of series, but the last truly great example of the genre as well.  In one of the extras on The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special—which… Continue reading “…just to have a laugh and sing a song…”

Television

“Well, Dick…it’s time to say goodnight.”

In correspondence that Dan Rowan composed to author John D. MacDonald in 1972, the longtime Laugh-In co-host/straight man observed: “Bland and nice have set in and we could be the Nelson family doing a variety show.  Why is this?  Maybe because we have run out of things to say.”  Rowan’s ruminations about the series that was… Continue reading “Well, Dick…it’s time to say goodnight.”

Television

“I could show you scars that would tear your heart out…”

In the fifth season of NBC’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, the comedy/variety program commemorated its 100th telecast by inviting to mingle with its regulars several of the show’s “alumni”: Judy Carne, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, and Jo Anne Worley.  (Goldie Hawn had also been asked, but she declined.)  The special also made good… Continue reading “I could show you scars that would tear your heart out…”

Television

“Mervin…that was magnificent!

On the third show of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In's fourth season (September 28, 1970), stars Dan Rowan and Dick Martin prepare to welcome back a familiar face: DAN: Aren’t you excited this week? DICK: Why? DAN: Huh? DICK: Why? DAN: Goldie Hawn’s our guest star! DICK: Goldie Hawn a guest star? DAN: Guest star! DICK: Well,… Continue reading “Mervin…that was magnificent!“

Television

Blow in my ear, and I’ll follow you anywhere

In a featurette included on the Time Life DVD set Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: The Complete Third Season—a stand-alone release that hit your friendly neighborhood brick-and-mortars this March—actress-comedienne Lily Tomlin reminisces that she first met Laugh-In executive producer George Schlatter while auditioning for The Garry Moore Show, a 1966-67 CBS-TV variety hour that was a… Continue reading Blow in my ear, and I’ll follow you anywhere