TV Trivia: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Q1. Which recurring sketch segment star’s famous line on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was “Sock it to me“?
Q2. Name two of the regular female cast members who had their bodies painted and go-go danced in bikinis for the Mod, Mod World segments in the first (1968) season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In?
The sketch comedy show was titled Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In after the two comedian hosts, Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. Laugh-In became famous for the stars that got their show-biz start on the series, such as regulars Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Goldie Hawn, Chelsea Brown, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley, to name a few.
Seniors and baby boomers will recall that guest performers often included musical acts as well as recurring performer “Tiny Tim” who was often featured. Tiny Tim’s falsetto rendition of Tiptoe Through the Tulips became a top 40 hit thanks to airplay Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
Airing from January 22, 1968 – March 12, 1973 on NBC, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In celebrated the hippie culture of the time with psychedelically-painted backdrops, “mod” clothing, etc.
Unfortunately both Laugh-In hosts have since passed away – Dan Rowan was a new senior citizen when he died in 1987 (age 65), and Dick Martin an 86-year-old octogenarian when he died in 2008.
A1. Judy Carne was “tricked” into saying this during sketches, after which water was dumped on her.
A2. Goldie Hawn, Judy Carne, Chelsea Brown, Ruth Buzzi and Jo Anne Worley shared the dancing duties in the first season. In later seasons, the dancing was done by extras.