Thanks for the laughs Dick. One funny show – ahead of it’s time.
Laugh-In comic Martin dies at 86
Rowan (left) and Martin (right) had worked together since the 1950s
Actor and comedian Dick Martin, whose series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In made stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin, has died in California, aged 86.
Martin, who also directed a string of TV shows, was being treated for respiratory problems in a Santa Monica hospital, a family spokesman said.
“He had some severe problems for many years, and had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago,” he added.
The series took US TV by storm when it began in January 1968.
Rather than relying on scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered quickfire jokes, political satire and slapstick from a team of young actors and comedians, creating catchphrases such as “sock it to me!”.