Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (often simply referred to as Laugh-In) is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin . It originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967, and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm (ET). It quickly became the most popular television show in the United States.
The title of the show was a play on the 1960s hippie culture "love-ins " or the counterculture "be-ins ", terms that were derived from "sit-ins " that were common in protests associated with civil rights and antiwar demonstrations of the time. In 2002, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was ranked number 42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time .
Laugh-In had its roots in the humor of vaudeville and burlesque, but its most direct influences were Olsen and Johnson 's comedies (such as the free-form Broadway revue Hellzapoppin' ), the innovative television works of Ernie Kovacs , and the topical satire of That Was The Week That Was . The show was characterized by a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which conveyed sexual innuendo or were politically charged. The co-hosts continued the exasperated straight man (Rowan) and "dumb guy" (Martin) act which they had established as nightclub comics. [page needed ] The show featured Gary Owens as the on-screen announcer and permanent castmember Ruth Buzzi ; longer-tenured cast members included Judy Carne , Henry Gibson , Goldie Hawn , Arte Johnson , Jo Anne Worley , Alan Sues , Lily Tomlin , Johnny Brown , Dennis Allen and Richard Dawson .
ROWAN & MARTIN's LAUGH-IN ( 3rd Season ) with Engelbert Humperdinck, Jack Benny, Jill St. John, Johnny Carson, Zsa Zsa Gabor