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Laughin 25th Anniversary Show - 4 of 5

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Uploaded on Sep 16, 2010

Laugh-In broke down the traditional separation of comedy, musical performance, and dramatic interludes which had marked most of the earlier variety shows and changed the celebrity host's conventional position as mediator of the flow of entertainment. Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, successful Las Vegas entertainers, sought to orchestrate the proceedings but were constantly swamped by the flow of sight-gags and eccentric performances which surrounded them. Similarly, guest stars played no privileged role here.

Everyone seemed to want to appear on Laugh-In, with guests on one memorable episode including Jack Lemmon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hugh Hefner, and presidential candidate Richard Nixon. But no guest appeared for more than a few seconds at a time, and none received the kind of screen time grabbed by the program's ensemble of talented young clowns.

The comic regulars -- Goldie Hawn's dizzy blonde, Lily Tomlin's snorting telephone operator, Ruth Buzzi's perpetually-frustrated spinster, Arte Johnson's lecherous old man, Jo Anne Worley's anti-Chicken-Joke militant, Henry Gibson's soft-spoken banal poet, Pigmeat Markham's all-powerful Judge and countless others dominated the program -- along with Gary Owens' over-modulated announcer. Many of these comics moved almost overnight from total unknowns to household names and many became important stars for the subsequent decades.

This video is a continuation of the compilation of some of the highlights of the series

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