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The Best Of Laugh-In

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.

Hosts of "Laugh-In," Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Hosts of "Laugh-In," Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

"Laugh-In's" Joanne Worley with Dick Martin.

"Laugh-In's" Joanne Worley with Dick Martin.

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

Lily Tomlin as Ernestine on "Laugh-In."

Lily Tomlin as Ernestine on "Laugh-In."

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

Ruth Buzzi played a Farkel family daughter in "Laugh-In."

Ruth Buzzi played a Farkel family daughter in "Laugh-In."

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

Ruth Buzzi as Gladys with Arte Johnson in "Laugh-In."

Ruth Buzzi as Gladys with Arte Johnson in "Laugh-In."

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

Producer and creator of "Laugh-In" George Schlatter

Producer and creator of "Laugh-In" George Schlatter

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

Gary Owens of "Laugh-In"

Gary Owens of "Laugh-In"

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

The original cast members of George Schlatter's "Laugh-In."

The original cast members of George Schlatter's "Laugh-In."

Credit: Courtesy of George Schlatter Productions

PBS' "The Best Of Laugh-In" TCA Winter 2011 session panel including: Ruth Buzzi, JoAnne Worley, George Schlatter, Lily Tomlin and Gary Owens

PBS' "The Best Of Laugh-In" TCA Winter 2011 session panel including: Ruth Buzzi, JoAnne Worley, George Schlatter, Lily Tomlin and Gary Owens

Credit: PBS