The Best Of Laugh-In
Airs Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Before “Saturday Night Live,” “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report,” there was “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in,” one of the most revolutionary television shows of all time.
From 1968 until 1973, “Laugh-in” frequently was seen by 50 million viewers, capturing the zeitgeist of the era with its anarchic energy and pop aesthetic.
Combining the blackout comedy of the vaudeville tradition with a 1960s-style “happening,” psychedelic costumes, graphics, graffiti, outrageous characters and a new political awareness, “Laugh-in” became one of the most popular shows in history.
"The Best Of Laugh-In" is a delightful tribute to the comedy-variety program, which not only transformed television, but became an important training ground for an entire generation of young writers and comic talent.
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