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May 25, 2008


Danny, what a great post, as usual. And thanks for mentioning one of my favorite shows besides Laugh-In...Man from U.N.C.L.E. I had such a crush on Ilya Kuriakan. I was in junior high watching Laugh-In, when every girl wanted to look like Goldie Hawn or Twiggie.

I was never a big fan of the dumb blond character but Goldie Hawn was perfect as the bubbling airhead who kept forgetting her lines. I’m still not sure if this was a total act or if the writers were just exploiting her nervousness. I remember seeing Hawn the following year in her Oscar-winning performance in “Cactus Flower” and being amazed that she didn’t seem dumb at all.

They would play around with her cue cards, turn them upside down, that sort of thing, in order to break her up.

I loved Laugh-In when I was a kid. My parents always watched it. I had a Judy Carnes poster when I was about 4 years old. I still do the Joanne Worley, "Woopee!" thing to crack up my co-workers on bad days.

I was very young when the show came out, but I remember loving Lily Tomlin and the Smothers Bros. I also remember my mom saying "look it up in your fucking Wagnall's." At least that's what I thought she was saying. I didn't even own a Wagnall's, so had no idea what she was talking about. I only knew that my asking for the correct spelling of something seemed to make her very mad.

I also loved the show as a kid. But don't forget about the fashions and the go-go dancing, either. Part of that generation.

God, I loved that show. It came along just at the right time in our lives, didn't it? And made TV seem less square, at a time when that mattered a lot.

I was just listening to XM radio on the way into work today and heard the Lily Tomlin operator skit: "Hello, is this the party to whom I am speaking? Is this William Fuh-Buckley? Oh... I see, there's a period after the 'F' ..."

Thanks for this post, Danny.

Great post indeed, Danny. My favorite Laugh-In moment was during their 20 years in the future "newscast" in 1968 (I saw it in a rerun in the 90s sometime too). They opened with "...(a)nd PRESIDENT Ronald Reagan..." and got the biggest laugh of the night.

"Be careful what you wish for", is the beginning of my favorite fable...

Geez Danny, you have a tough week this week...I would imagine you might want to do a post on the death of Sydney Pollack

Danny, What a memory you have. It makes me suspicious that you weren't having such a great time in the 60s. Ahh, Lily Tomlin - she was such a revelation to me. The number of talented women who were showcased on Laugh-In was such a treat - there's nothing to match it today, in that sense. Thanks for giving blogging a good name, Danny.

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