“ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”
Welcome Lily Tomlin
“Laugh In” was a milestone for television as it dared to go where no other shows went and it so with great style and humor. The third season was especially special in that it brought Lily Tomlin into American homes. She created unforgettable characters and her comic timing was amazing (and still is).
This is a 7-Disc Set, Available that is available for the first time and features 26 complete, remastered episodes from the Emmy® And Golden Globe®-Winning Series. Season Three guest stars include Johnny Carson, Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Bob Hope, Diana Ross, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Carol Channing, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny, Engelbert Humperdinck, Peter Lawford, Phyllis Diller, Roger Moore, James Garner, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Andy Griffith, Carl Reiner, Ringo Starr and More! The set’s new bonus features include an exclusive, new interview with Lily Tomlin and a tribute to “Laugh-In” creator George Schlatter.
The third season premiered on September 15, 1969, and was hailed as a pop culture touchstone. “In two short years, through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs, a gaggle of goofballs and the biggest stars of the day, the series had become water cooler fodder for an entire country.” The big surprise came with Episode #15 (airing December 29), when we were introduced to Lily Tomlin who’d go on to create such unforgettable characters as Ernestine the snooty phone operator and the precocious, philosophizing five-year-old, Edith Ann, would quickly become a fan favorite.
The ’60s gave us “in-crowds,” “be-ins” and “love-ins,” but 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 presided over a cast of comic greats including Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Gary Owens, Jo Anne Worley and Alan Sues, as they sent up everything from the “Sexy Sixties” and insurance to the generation gap. Across the 26 memorable episodes became long-running classic sketches such as “Sock It to Me,” “Cocktail Party,” and “The Fickle Finger of Fate,” and Sammy Davis Jr. as the judge, as well as amusing salutes to the presidency, hospitals, organized crime, women and show biz. Season Three would also introduce viewers to the inimitable Farkle Family, as well as showcase the improbable almost wedding of Gladys (Buzzi) and Tyrone (Johnson).”