‘Laugh-In’ comedian Dick Martin dies at 86

May 26th, 2008 - 9:34 am ICT by admin  

New York, May 26 (DPA) Pioneering American television comedian and director Dick Martin has died after a long bout with lung disease. He was 86. Best remembered for the 1967-73 hit show “Rowan” and “Martin’s Laugh-In”, Martin died Saturday in Santa Monica, California, his spokesman Barry Greenberg announced Sunday

The show with comedy partner Dan Rowan was less scripted and more improvisational that revolutionized the television industry. “Laugh-In” was also more openly political than other entertainment programmes of the time, tapping into the zeitgeist of the Vietnam War era, and even the show’s name was inspired by sit-in protests.

The duo brought to the show the characters they had developed for their night-club comedy routines, with Martin playing a buffoon to Rowan’s annoyed straight man.

“Laugh-In” was also known for a procession of guest stars and cameo appearances from Hollywood’s A-list, and even an appearance once by then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon.

Martin later became a television director and producer.

Rowan died of cancer in 1987.

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