Friday, May 11, 2018

ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN The Complete Fourth Season

The ’60s gave us “in-crowds,” “be-ins” and “love-ins,” and starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN, broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank. Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target. Political correctness? Forget it! The groundbreaking, Emmy Award–winning show anchored the Monday 8 p.m. time slot on NBC until March 12, 1973. 

What will the LAUGH-IN brain trust think of next for SEASON 4? 
  • Don Rickles impersonating Arlene Francis?
  • A boxing match between Sammy Davis Jr. and Wilt Chamberlain?
  • How about Art Carney as the Masked Lobster looking for work? Guess all the sewer jobs were filled.
  • Goldie Hawn returns after winning an Oscar for Cactus Flower and she’s got a new attitude.
  • The phone line sizzles when Ernestine (Lily Tomlin) rings up Aristotle Onassis and Gore Vidal, whom she queries about Myra Breckinridge. Keep an eye on her dialing finger.

  • 7 DVDs, complete with all 26 Episodes, plus bonus material!
  • Starring: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Arte Johnson, Gary Owens, Johnny Brown, Barbara Sharma, Ruth Buzzi, Lily Tomlin, Dennis Allen, Alan Sues, and Ann Elder.
  • Classic long-running features and characters including Cocktail Party, Ruth Buzzi’s Hollywood Report, Joke Wall, Edith Ann, Tasteful Lady, Ernestine, Wolfgang, Rosmenko, the Swizzles, the Farkle Family, and Gladys and Tyrone.
  • Mod, Mod World takes on women, undertakers, alcohol, the news media, education, comics, prisons, big cities, aviation, psychiatry, religion, working girls, and friendly ladies.
  • Guest stars: Joey Bishop, William F. Buckley, Truman Capote, Art Carney, Johnny Carson, Wilt Chamberlain, Carol Channing, Tim Conway, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, David Frost, Andy Griffith, Peter Lawford, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Vincent Price, Carl Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles, Rod Serling, Orson Welles, Flip Wilson and many more!
  • Bonus Features: Special interviews with Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson
  • CC: All discs contain the closed captioning option.

My Thoughts

Laugh In was a hilarious show that aired until 1973.  Now it's available for the first time on DVD. You can enjoy television legends like Dan Rowan, Dick Martin,  and Tim Conway as they crack jokes and bring to life hilarious skits on the small screen. This season also has tons of amazing celebrity guest stars on each episode including Johnny Carson, Rich Little, Debbie Reynolds, and many more.  Each scene is fun and original, and something you can watch over and over and it never gets old. In addition to the complete fourth season, you can also catch bonus footage including hilarious bloopers.

There are so many amazing aspects of this show. I always loved when they would pop out the boxes and tell jokes. I really miss the old shows with the funny skits like this one. They are so much better then reality shows, and you could watch just one episode and actually be able to follow. TV shows today just don't have the same humor, and the younger generations don't why what they're missing. If you love this television classic, you can grab a copy of Laugh In: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD in stores nationwide or online.