Dick Martin, who died on Saturday aged 86, was the zany half of the American comedy duo Rowan and Martin and co-star of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which became a cult comedy fixture on both sides of the Atlantic in the late s and early s. After splitting with his partner Dan Rowan in the late s, Martin went on to become one of American television's busiest directors. Laugh-Inwhich was launched in Januarywas unlike any comedy-variety show before it: rather than relying on tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered a kaleidoscopic, almost stream-of-consciousness series of non sequitur jokes, political satire and wacky antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley, the British-born Judy Carne and the ear-cupping announcer Gary Owens.
In the early s, the family moved to Detroit, where his teenage years included a bout with tuberculosis, which kept him out of the military. Early in his career, Martin was a staff writer for Duffy's Taverna radio situation comedy. He and Dan Rowan formed the comedy team Rowan and Martin in and played in nightclubs throughout the United States and overseas.
He was Martin had lost the use of one of his lungs as a teenager, and needed supplemental oxygen for most of the day in his later years. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.
He was Comedian Dick Martin C poses with Katherine Rowan, the granddaughter of his late comic partner Dan Rowan, after the comedy team were honored with the 2,th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during an unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles April 2, Martin, who starred with Rowan in the hit s television variety show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," helping to launch the Hollywood careers of stars such as Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin, has died.
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The comedy was a cross between old-fashioned slapstick zaniness and modern, cutting-edge political satire. Recently, creator-executive producer George Schlatter, 78; Buzzi, 74; Tomlin, 71; Worley, 73; and Owens, 74, reunited to discuss the show. NBC said they would buy the show if I had a host, but the show was not designed for a host.
The series won several Emmy and Golden Globe awards, including the Golden Globe for best television show, and in its first two seasons it was the most-watched program on television, according to the Nielsen rankings. Originally planned as a one-time special, the show enjoyed immediate success and became one of the most widely viewed broadcasts of the late s. Although it was hosted by veteran comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martinplaying the straight-man and the dummy, respectively, the show relied largely on young, emerging talents, such as Goldie HawnGary OwensArte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, and Henry Gibsonwho quickly became household names.
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An overnight sensation, it broke barriers with its mix of zany, off-beat satire, surrealism and slapstick in stark contrast to the pattern of songs and sketches followed by most light entertainment shows. It made stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin — establishing Hawn as the ultimate dizzy blonde constantly fluffing her lines, and showcasing Tomlin's nasal switchboard operator, Ermintrude "Is this the party to whom I am speaking? Martin and Rowan themselves bore some resemblance to the team of Burns and Allen, with debonair straight-man Rowan trying to cope with Martin's increasingly convoluted string of misunderstandings, while the mix of topical satire and surrealism owed a debt to the vaudeville team of Olsen and Johnson and such British influences as The Goon Show and That Was The Week That Was. Laugh-In, as it became known, crystallised these influences into a fast-paced free-wheeling show that spawned an amazing number of catch-phrases and farcical "shtick" for its large cast.