Laugh-In comic Martin dies at 86

Thanks for the laughs Dick. One funny show – ahead of it’s time.


Laugh-In comic Martin dies at 86

Dan Rowan and Dick Martin

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!”.

Source BBC


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