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Laugh-In: Episode #6.8 (1972)
Mike Connors was the guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In"
Special guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In" was Mike Connors, star of "Mannix". He played mostly bad guys in sketches including a blind robber and a gangster in the Cocktail Party sequence which took place during the '20s. Also appearing were Totie Fields and the return of Charles Nelson Reilly. I'll just say this was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #6.6 (1972)
This "Laugh-In" ep marked the return appearance of a certain comedian who's known for playing the violin
When the program begins, Gary Owens is dressed as if during the 18th century which is also the case when he intros the rest of the cast at the Cocktail Party. It's later found out that that segment takes place during the times of the Revolutionary War. Gary announces all the guests like the then-husband and wife team of Michelle Lee and James Farentino, Peter Marshall, Hugh O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Frank Welker. One guest he doesn't mention is Jack Benny making a return to the show. Benny is looking for "The Dean Martin Show" but gets lost throughout the Burbank studio. He does some nice banter with Willie Tyler and Lester and also tries to talk to Oral Roberts (who doesn't appear). Welker this time impersonates Bill Cosby but not in blackface (Thank goodness!) when speaking to Lester. During the clown number, Ruth Buzzi asks Lily "Who's milk and cheese in Hanoi?" "Jane Fondue", Ruth answers. This was years before Tomlin teamed with Ms. Fonda in the movie Nine to Five. In summary, this was quite a pretty funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #6.4 (1972)
Lucie Arnaz is the special guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
A few years after Desi Arnaz appeared on an ep of "Laugh-In", his daughter Lucie does the same thing. Both times it's opposite Desi's ex-wife and Lucie's mother's show "Here's Lucy" of which the daughter was still a cast member of. Presumably, that meant that a performer could now appear opposite programs she/he appeared on which wasn't the case previously. Anyway, she's quite the trouper when either doing physical comedy or talking to the dummy Lester. And her appearance resulted in another Dan & Dick number which they first did with Sandy Duncan the previous season. Ruth Buzzi seemed a little more boisterous this ep like when she did a Gypsy Rose Lee-type strip singing "Let Me Entertain You" in front of Rowan & Martin! And that segued to "Laugh-In Salutes Adult Books and Film" that had quite a bit of hilarity this ep. Also appearing were Rich Little and Ross Martin, the latter in a running skit about being a judge at a gladiator ring. This was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #6.3 (1972)
William Conrad is the special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In"
The special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In" is William Conrad who was on the TV show "Cannon" at the time. Also appearing are Bob Crane who does jail skits with Dennis Allen, Henry Mancini the pianist who comments on music, Alexis Smith commenting on some movie stars, and Nanette Fabray who does her comments in sign language. Mr. Conrad is amusing whether playing a "superhero", trying to do various jobs at a news program, or playing a movie musical dancer who eats too much. Oh, and he also participates in The Farkel Family sketch. Overall, not hilarious but not too lame, either. Incidentally, only one joke is done at the Joke Wall. After that, the credits roll is filled with various people in sketches saying, "Good Night, Dick."
Laugh-In: Episode #6.5 (1972)
Michael Landon was the guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
A few years after this show previously had "Bonanza" star Dan Blocker as a guest, this ep has co-star Michael Landon as such. When Dan & Dick intro him, Michael gets doused with water. Twice. He's in an amusing running skit as the captain of the S. S. Burbank whose ship threatens to become like the Titanic. Also appearing are Steve Allen as one of a couple of hillbillies of which Dan Rowan is the other, Della Reese either commenting by herself or with Dan or Dick, and Henny Youngman in a sketch in which he and his wife get robbed and he keeps making jokes. Oh, also Mama Cass Elliot-of The Mamas and the Papas-making some comments as well as playing an assistant to a doctor at a hospital. And then there's Frank Welker-best known as the voice of Fred in the Scooby Doo cartoons-this time doing cat and dog sounds. That last bit was perhaps the funniest one in the show. The others I mentioned were amusing at best. Lily Tomlin is back with some pretty good Ernestine and Edith Ann stuff while Ruth Buzzi is once again funny as an aging movie star doing a peanut butter commercial. That last sketch was part of the Laugh-In Salutes Commercials segment of which others in that one weren't as funny. In summary, this was a pretty uneven "Laugh-In" ep. P.S. The sports celeb doing commentary on the "Laugh-In News" was Tom Harmon, father of Mark Harmon. Oh, and Lyle Waggoner also appears as Dick Martin's "stand-in" who keeps quiet until Dan & Dick leave then he says, "Welcome to Lyle Waggoner's Laugh-In!"
Laugh-In: Episode #6.2 (1972)
Dyan Cannon was the special guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
For the first time since before the last show of 1969, Lily Tomlin is not in this edition of "Laugh-In". Special guest star is Dyan Cannon whose movie Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice is still the source of the show's jokes after the last few seasons. She's funny and entertaining whether playing a "seal" in a circus sketch or singing about the single life with newbies Donna Jean Young and Sarah Kennedy at a swimming pool sketch. Also appearing during the Cocktail Party sequence are Sebastian Cabot, Julie London, and the return of Janet Leigh. Then there was Hollywood columnist James Bacon who did a funny joke on Minnie Mouse and the rat from Ben! And The Farkel Family returned with Patty Deutsch taking over as Dan Rowan's wife previously played by Jo Anne Worley and Barbara Sharma, respectively. And then Laugh-In salutes guns making fun of both the pro- and anti- groups. This was quite a fun ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #6.1 (1972)
John Wayne starts off the sixth season of "Laugh-In" on a good vibe
The first ep of season six of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" begins with a bunch of comely young girls dressed as cheerleaders doing their thing with Gary Owens then introing the returning cast members before then mentioning the newbies as they all come on stage. And for the first time since the first season, the audience and cameras are in full view on the show. Dan & Dick then bring the first guest who's John Wayne. Wayne seems really glad to be there though on some occasions, he pretends he's not like when he later comes on stage in a bunny suit! Jill St. John also returns in a running skit about a singles club. Boy, was she as hot as ever! As always, Ruth Buzzi does her Gladys and Lily Tomlin does her Ernestine and Edith Ann. The only ones of the new cast I recognized were Willie Tyler and Lester who I first saw on some Lola Falana specials when a kid of the mid '70s. They were pretty funny with what I saw so far. Also appearing were Isaac Hayes commenting on his Shaft fame as well as on some political matters and Wilt Chamberlain. Also appearing were Army Archerd whose comment on Barbra Streisand and Phyllis Diller wasn't funny and Frank Welker, perhaps best known as the voice of Fred Jones on the Scooby Doo cartoons, doing a funny bit as Donald Duck singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"! One more thing, Kent McCord and Martin Milner reprise their "Adam-12" cop roles on the show that they also did the previous season. This was a pretty enjoyable start for the new season. By the way, it seems during the Joke Wall sequence, the doors are now already opened before the cast tells their jokes and they stay that way during the closing credits. I watched this on Roku which I got a free subscription from so now I'll review the rest of the season like I had hoped to when I finished the fifth one on DVD just a couple of days ago...
Laugh-In: Episode #6.7 (1972)
After first appearing in the fifth season finale, Jean Stapleton returns for a sixth season ep of "Laugh-In"
While I know it exists, I've yet to find the sixth season "Laugh-In" DVD set so I managed to find the one ep from that season online. After previously appearing in the last show of the previous season, Jean Stapleton returns to be introed by Dan & Dick with her and Dick bonding over their similar personalities to the consternation of Dan! Among the new cast members, Willie Tyler and Lester-who I first saw on Lola Falana specials-come off best but then that's probably because I'm most familiar with them among the other newbies. Other guest stars are Bill Bixby and the return of Jack Carter and Henny Youngman. All are pretty amusing. This wasn't a bad ep of the final season of "Laugh-In" even with the departure of creator/producer George Schlatter. I'd have to watch the rest of the sixth season to really see how it holds up to the others, however...Update-10/2/19: I just watched this ep again on Roku since the previous viewing was 5 min. short (That online version was uploaded from the Decades channel). The missing segments were a Gladys station break, a sketch called The Brownstones with Willie Tyler and Lester, and the previews of the following week's show during the Dan, Dick, and Jean closing segment.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.24 (1972)
This last ep of "Laugh-In" for season five marked Jean Stapleton's first appearance as well as the last for several cast members
This ep of "Laugh-In" marks Jean Stapleton's first time on the show. She appears in skits as the wife of Dan Rowan who she can't satisfy with her cooking. Sandy Duncan also appears reprising her bank teller role from a previous show. Joe Namath returns making comments about his love life. Charles Nelson Reilly comes back to do sketches in which he plays various foreigners selling cars. I don't think those particular skits were funny. And Jo Ann Pflug-after also appearing the previous week-does another bathtub sketch. A running balloon sketch involving Dan & Dick has them seeing men in white sheets but Dick's comment about them has the audio cut off, for some reason, on the DVD disc I watched it on. I'll just say that I found most of the show funny except for that Charles Nelson Reilly sketch I just cited. This ep of "Laugh-In" marked the last appearances of Johnny Brown, Ann Elder, Larry Hovis, and-after four seasons-Alan Sues. Barbara Sharma's final appearance was in the previous one. This also marked the last one for creator/executive producer George Schlatter as he fell victim to a behind-the-scenes battle for less controversial material between NBC, fellow producer Paul Keyes, and stars Rowan & Martin themselves. For the five seasons he helmed the show, CFG, his nickname, managed to keep it topically relevant and very entertaining most of the time. But President Richard Nixon didn't like the shots at him through most of the run and since he was friends with Keyes and the two hosts, Schlatter had to go. He would try to revive this show without Dan & Dick several years later but that's another story...
Laugh-In: Steve Allen, John Wayne, Carol Channing, Charles Nelson Reilly, Terry-Thomas, Jo Ann Pflug, Gene Hackman (1972)
Jo Ann Pflug was the main guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep
The main guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" is Jo Ann Pflug who, as mentioned by Dan & Dick, was a star of the movie M*A*S*H which took advantage of her sexuality. So she's in a recurring skit depicting her in the bathtub with some men in with her. Also appearing is Steve Allen playing a senator named "Phil A. Buster" making some jokes related to the Nixon administration though not pointed ones. Then there are leftover cut-ins and skits from John Wayne, Carol Channing, Charles Nelson Reilly, Terry-Thomas, and Gene Hackman. There's also a running gag of Dick Martin hitting a golf ball with it going to various places that I thought was hilarious. So, yeah, this was another funny ep of "Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.22 (1972)
Debbie Reynolds returns to charm us in her third appearance on "Laugh-In"
For the third time, Debbie Reynolds returns as the special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In". There are also leftover scenes from Dick Cavett, Jack Carter, Johnny Cash, Charlie Callas, Burt Mustin, and Queenie Smith. Ms. Reynolds does a nice '20s flapper dance with Dennis Allen. She also has a funny slapstick sequence with him. During the "Laugh-In News" segment, Dan Rowan is temporarily missing so Dick Martin has to intro himself doing the News of the Present while switching to his partner's seat! For most of the reviews of the show for this fifth season, I hadn't mentioned Moosie Drier doing his News for the Kids segment. Well, I didn't think they were all that funny, at first, but the last few did make me chuckle a little and this was no exception since he's talking about being sick and missing on stuff like having to clean his room but having to then watch TV and get ice cream as he talks in a deadpan way. Anyway, this was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.21 (1972)
Gene Hackman shows how funny he can be on "Laugh-In"
Gene Hackman is the guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". His movie The French Connection is mentioned several times including it being nominated for an Oscar. (This show aired before it won Best Picture and Hackman won Best Actor) He shows his comedic chops here several years before his turns in Young Frankenstein and his portrayal of Lex Luthor in the Superman movies. Like his mentioning not liking the name "Ben" so when Dick Martin mentions it, watch out! There's also some leftover scenes with Robert Goulet and Sue Ann Langdon. I'll just say this was another funny ep of "Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.20 (1972)
Sandy Duncan brings her charmingly funny self on this ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
Sandy Duncan is the special guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep with cut-ins from Johnny Cash, Terry-Thomas, and the return of Paul Lynde. Ms. Duncan is her charming and funny self, so much so, she manages to get a musical song-and-dance number with Dan & Dick which is a rarity. Also, during the Joke Wall at the end, she stands with them (in an Afro wig) instead of opening a door behind them as the rest of the cast still does. And then there's the part when she manages to hit Gladys back with her purse! And then when performing the "Laugh-In News" theme with the rest of the female cast, they do a tribute to Busby Berkeley complete with overhead shot. After missing the last two eps, Ann Elder is back. I think Johnny Brown was also absent during those so it's good to see him back as well. So much funny stuff happened but I can't remember them all right now but I highly recommend this ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"!
Laugh-In: Episode #5.19 (1972)
Carol Channing makes a welcome return as a guest star on "Laugh-In" among the other guests
Carol Channing returns as special guest star to once again charm us with her singing and comedy. She and Barbara Sharma do a dance number about teams. She also plays a used car salesperson and a nurse to Dick Martin. Also appearing are Charlie Callas complete with his weird facial expressions, Dick Cavett doing jokes about being a talk show host, and the return of Richard Crenna once again doing his Walter Denton character. Oh, and there's more of that hilarious Larry Hovis interview with Slappy White about his run for the vice presidency! This was quite a funny ep of "Laugh-In" courtesy of the guests and the cast as it was during this period.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.18 (1972)
Paul Lynde, Chad Everett, and Jack Carter are the guest stars of this "Laugh-In" ep
Chad Everett, Paul Lynde, and Jack Carter are the guest stars of this edition of "Laugh-In". Everett was the star of the TV show "Medical Center" at the time so he's in a running skit of him as a doctor with Barbara Sharma as his assistant and Dennis Allen as the patient. They were alright. Allen has proven to be such a funny physical comedian these last two seasons. His highlight this ep is his attempts going up a ladder to try to reach Larry Hovis's bride as he keeps falling down! Lynde has at least one scene with Alan Sues and seeing those two together talking in similar cadences is sure something, that's for sure! Ann Elder is absent in this ep which is especially noticeable during the "Laugh-In News" theme when only Lily Tomlin, Ms. Sharma, and Ruth Buzzi are dancing and singing it. Oh, and John Wayne is back to do more comments and poetry! This was a funny, if not completely hilarious, ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.17 (1972)
Carl Reiner once again brings his hilarious self on "Laugh-In"
Carl Reiner returns as the special guest star on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and when he's introed by those two, all they want to talk about is his son Rob who just achieved stardom on the No. 1 TV show "All in the Family". But Carl won't have it especially when he reveals his son's grades weren't always good! Speaking of that show, Sally Struthers also returns making many comments related to that show. Other guest stars included Sue Ann Langdon who had a show called "Arnie" on the air at the time. She relates the goings on of that show with Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty and the Nixon administration. And then there's African-American comedian Slappy White who talks with cast member Larry Hovis about his wanting to be the first vice president of his race. His comments are some of the funniest on the show! Carl Reiner himself is very funny here especially when he's arrested and when he takes advantage of free phone calls at the station, he uses them to make obscene ones! Finally, I have to mention a recurring cast member named Mona Tera, a pre-teen girl who often made some pretty amusing comments the few previous shows so far but here got a funny visual gag as she keeps blowing the candles on a cake but the wicks keep on flaming on! There's more but I'll just now say I highly recommend this ep of "Laugh-In"!
Laugh-In: Episode #5.16 (1972)
Mort Sahl makes an appearance on this edition of "Laugh-In"
This particular ep of "Laugh-In" seemed to be filled with many leftover skits as I recognized some of them from previous eps, but these have different results at the end of them so they're not verbatim repeats. That includes many cut-ins from Fannie Flagg, Henny Youngman, and James Coco. There are some new ones with Charles Nelson Reilly and Mort Sahl who does a Q and A with the cast members as they ask him to answer questions as various celebs, usually political figures. To tell the truth, I didn't think he was funny in this format. During the Cocktail Party sequence, usually silent dancer Barbi Benton got to say a line when she asked Dick Martin something. Oh, and I noticed there wasn't a "Laugh-In News" segment this time around. In summary, this was an okay ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.15 (1972)
Robert Goulet makes fun of himself in "Laugh-In"
Singer Robert Goulet is the guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In". He willingly makes fun of himself as he portrays his persona as being narcissistic when married to Ruth Buzzi's Gladys during one of her dreams. He also has a hilarious duet number with Dick Martin when he plays a Mountie and Dick plays a man he's after dressing in drag! He then helps sing the "Laugh-In News" theme dancing with Ruth and Barbara Sharma with them as '20s flappers and the song employing slang terms of that period. Plenty of funny stuff-especially when they recount the events of 1971-so I highly recommend this particular ep of "Laugh-In". Oh, and Tiny Tim returns making cracks to various cast members about his marriage to Miss Vicki.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.14 (1971)
Buddy Hackett makes another appearance on "Laugh-In"
Buddy Hackett returns to "Laugh-In" with several jokes about his weight. He's amusing, if not hilarious in many of his skits. Also appearing are exercise guru Jack LaLanne and many skits about the need for exercise emphasize how doing so isn't always the heathiest thing to do! Those are pretty funny. Then there's author/actress Fannie Flagg and Sally Struthers, the second "All in the Family" star to appear on this program. She does plenty of jokes related to her show and about the political situation at the time. Many of them are pertinently pointedly amusing. Most of the rest of the show, however, wasn't really that funny. So this ep of "Laugh-In" gets a 4...
Laugh-In: Episode #5.13 (1971)
Joe Namath appeared in an okay ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
The main guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In" is Joe Namath, NY Jets football star who gets lampooned about his playing and his womanizing. Many of his skits were pretty funny. Other guests are Petula Clark, Charo, Burt Mustin and Queenie Smith. Dan jokes with Petula about her hit song "Downtown". Charo reads jokes on the cue cards with Dan & Dick standing by. Many of those segments are pretty lame when she's reading in her accent though I did like it when Dick impersonated her moves. Burt and Queenie are amusing as the elderly couple. Dick has a skit spoofing "The Dating Game" called "The Aging Game" but neither Burt nor Queenie appear in that, instead Richard Dawson, Dennis Allen, and Alan Sues are the bachelor contestants for Ruth Buzzi to pick. This was a really lame one! I did like the ladies doing the "Laugh-In News" theme dressing as Little Orphan Annies complete with the white circles on their eyes! (I wonder if there were little holes in those white circles so they could actually watch themselves while dancing!) This was an okay ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
Laugh-In: Episode #5.12 (1971)
Carroll O' Connor fits right in on the Christmas edition of "Laugh-In"
On this Christmas edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", special guest star was Carroll O'Connor from "All in the Family". So of course when Dan & Dick introed him, he'd say a holiday greeting to people of all races and creeds then putting his Archie Bunker hat on, say they should go back to where they came from! He also appeared as Santa Claus with him in a running skit of him on a chair having the slender Ann Elder on his lap! I'm sure that was a fun time for him! As Santa, he's also the victim of Gladys' purse-hitting when she dreams of being married to him! Also appearing are Janet Leigh and Bing Crosby who plugs his NBC Christmas special for the night after the broadcast of this ep of "Laugh-In". Of course, he puts plenty of digs at his friend and Road series co-star Bob Hope in there! In summary, this was another hilarious ep of "Laugh-In.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.11 (1971)
Three Dog Night has the lion's share of guest star scenes in this ep of "Laugh-In"
Musical group Three Dog Night are the special guest stars along with Mike Mazurki, Jack Soo, Agnes Moorehead, Perry Como, and the return of Vincent Price, Sheldon Leonard, and the "Adam-12" team of Kent McCord and Martin Milner in their uniforms. Previously, during the first season of this show, many musical guests appeared in music videos filmed exclusively for this program. Here, Three Dog Night actually appear on the Burbank stage and perform, or mime to their recording of, "Joy to the World" as part of the Cocktail Party sequence in which it stops at certain intervals so the cast members can do their usual one-liner comments. Oh, and Barbi Benton is once again prominent among the dancers there. Since this was broadcast near the Thanksgiving holidays, the girls sing the "Laugh-In News" theme in pilgrim costumes. And the Mod World takes a look at villains. I'll just say this was a very funny "Laugh-In" ep with all those guests I just mentioned.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.10 (1971)
James Coco provides one of the funniest of "Laugh-In" eps
James Coco provides perhaps one of the funniest of "Laugh-In" eps especially when teamed with Ruth Buzzi. Like when he's a customer and she's a grocer cashier but keeps preaching to him like a preacher when he's only trying to buy gum and cabbage! Then he's Buffalo Bill and Gladys dreams she's married to him but she keeps hitting him with her purse at the end! There's more but I'll just say this was indeed one of the funniest of "Laugh-In" eps!
Laugh-In: Episode #5.9 (1971)
Liza Minnelli is the special guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In"
Liza Minnelli is the special guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In" with cut-ins by Jill St. John, Louisa Moritz, Edward G. Robinson, and Ralph Edwards. Also appearing is Jerry Maren who was one of the Munchkins in Liza's mother's movie The Wizard of Oz. He appears in a Dan & Dick segment in which the latter is attempting to sell a cannonball and Jerry has a cannon! Liza does a number with Barbara Sharma about the '30s. And she also appears as a customer trying to send a package with Alan Sues as the guy in charge of doing that with some of those skits ending with Liza declaring her love for Alan Sues! Perhaps her best skit involves her sending darts to Dick Martin's wall he's standing in front of with balloons surrounding him as she tries to kill him while Dan Rowan plays the man she's trying to get away with... This was an okay ep of the show. P.S. One of the dancers in the Cocktail Party sequence was Barbi Benton, a Playboy model who dated the magazine's founder Hugh Hefner.
Laugh-In: Episode #5.8 (1971)
This 100th ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" with returning cast members along with John Wayne and Tiny Tim was a blast to watch!
With this ep marking "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"s 100th regular one, it celebrates by having many former cast members returning: Judy Carne, Jo Anne Worley, Henry Gibson, Arte Johnson, and Teresa Graves. Yes, Ms. Carne is tricked into saying "Sock it to me!" a couple of times and gets doused for her troubles! Also, Alan Sues impersonates Ms. Worley in front of her with hilarious results. The Judy Doll is back but instead of Arte getting hit, it's Dennis Allen trying to avoid her attempts. Henry once again performs funny poems. And Arte brings back Tyrone and Wolfgang. And, yes, Gladys hits Tyrone in two skits. She also hits John Wayne but breaks character when she says "Someone say cut, I can't keep hitting this man!" Wayne also does his own poetry and shares announcing duties with Gary Owens! And he shakes Tiny Tim's hand and ends up falling from Tim's "strength"! Nice seeing Lily Tomlin do a skit with Ms. Carne who she replaced back in the third season. This show hit all cylinders! So that's a big recommendation of this ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"!