Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Remembering 'Laugh-In'

What do Richard Nixon, John Wayne, Billy Graham, William F. Buckley and Rod Serling all have in common? They all had guest cameo appearances on the '60s television show 'Laugh-In'.

While there are many readers who may not be familiar with the series, Laugh-In was the precursor to a number of culturally topical  variety/comedy shows with which nearly all of us are familiar: 'In Living Color and 'Saturday Night Live' for instance.

Laugh-In's genius was a fast paced slap-stick type of topical comedy that ranged from politically relevant sarcasm to the sublimely ridiculous. What made it really acceptable was the broad range of guests who appeared - across a broad spectrum of political ideology and generational appeal (there was no other show where you could see Kate Smith and Tiny Tim in the same episode!).

Here's a sampling, but it hardly does justice to the type of entertainment Laugh-In provided. If you still don't get it, well...you probably had to be there...

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