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Saturday Night Live: Live from Mardi Gras (1977)
Season 2, Episode 14
6/10
This "Saturday Night Live" special from New Orleans during Mardi Gras was a pretty entertaining mess
8 January 2020
As a kid, I think I remember watching some of this Sunday primetime special ep of "SNL", specifically the part where John Belushi as trumpeter Al Hirt was hit with prop bricks. I have no idea if my family and I watched the rest of it but probably not since having just watched this online, I don't remember much else. Many pretty funny sketches abounded and it was pretty entertaining watching Paul Shaffer singing and Michael O'Donohue performing "The Antler Dance". But the part with Buck Henry and Jane Curtin trying to cover the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade was a disaster because of a drunken reveler being accidentally hit during it meaning it had to be halted during the entire length of this program and Jane and Buck ended up saying Mardi Gras means "No Parade"! N.O. native son Garrett Morris had a nice scene with then-mayor Moon Landrieu and Baba Wawa (Gilda Radner) interviewed Henry Winkler who was going to be in the aforementioned parade. Also, Randy Newman performed four songs of which two of them-"Louisiana 1927" and "Sail Away"-sound similar and another one was about legendary Governor Huey Long of the Pelican State. Oh, and Eric Idle also had an amusing sketch that seemed mostly improvised. Despite many missed cues, this was quite an entertaining "SNL" special. One more thing, filmmaker Gary Weis had a couple of interesting short films taking place in The Big Easy. Update-1/9/20: I just found out Buck Henry passed on the day I wrote this. R.I.P.
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Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy/Lizzo (2019)
Season 45, Episode 10
9/10
After 35 years, Eddie Murphy returns to "Saturday Night Live"!
29 December 2019
Warning: Spoilers
After 35 years, Eddie Murphy returns to "SNL"! He appears in every sketch except the Cold Open which focuses on the Democratic Presidential debate with many current and former cast members playing the various candidates. While Woody Harrelson had played Joe Biden many times this season, since he just did Archie Bunker in Los Angeles live earlier in the week, this time Joe's portrayed by Jason Sudeikis. Oh, and Alec Baldwin also appears as Trump teasing how he'll beat them despite his impeachment. During the monologue, Eddie mentions who would have thought in 30 years he would have 10 kids and Bill Cosby would be in jail? He then mocks Cosby by saying in his voice, "Who's America's Dad now?" (That comment got Murphy into trouble with a rep of Cosby's who then called him a "Hollywood slave".) Then cameos from former "SNL" players from after Eddie's tenure show up like Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan. Also, Dave Chappell who previously performed with Murphy's late brother Charlie. Beck Bennett also shows up before Keenan Thompson pushes him away. Dave asks who that was before Tracy says, "Joe Piscopo!" (His jokingly saying that name made me think Piscopo wasn't gonna show up and, no, he didn't which is one of my few disappointments concerning this ep.) First sketch after that is "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood". Eddie plays him as a much older man with gray wig. He's now in a gentrified neighborhood surrounded by while tenants who he steals a big screen TV from. He leaves when he hears someone who may be his adult son talking behind his door. Next is a filmed piece about a black family (with one white son-in-law) celebrating Christmas with dysfunctional inserts of what happened beforehand. That is followed by a baking contest in which the contestants' cakes don't turn out well with Eddie's especially seeming possessed! This one ends with Eddie saying a bad word that went out on the air! Then comes "The Masked Singer" as someone comes in a corn costume. When I heard the voice speaking through that saying several malaprops, I knew it had to be Buckwheat and it was! He sings songs in his own language like "Feliz Navidad" and "Single Ladies". Musical guest Lizzo performs her first set. Then "Weekend Update" starts with several jokes about the Trump impeachment before Gumby interrupts throwing insults toward Colin Jost and Michael Che. (Besides Piscopo not appearing, my other disappointment was Eddie not wearing green makeup on his face when playing Gumby.) Pete Davidson then comments comparing his being young on the show to when Eddie was when he first arrived. And then there's Colin and MIchael doing jokes neither had seen beforehand before "WU" ends with Cecily Strong's Jeanne Pirro vomiting wine on Colin! After that comes "Black Jeopardy" in which Velvet Jones makes an appearance still pluging books like "I Wanna Be a Ho" though host Keenan Thompson reminds him of MeToo at one point. Lizzo does her second set before one more skit about a polar bear attacking the North Pole with Eddie's elf seeming the only one believing it. Verdict: Eddie was back! This was perhaps the funniest ep of "SNL" I've seen all season though I have to admit, part of that may have been nostalgia. P.S. I saw a couple of the cut skits from dress rehersal one of which has Eddie in a band with Keenan as lead singer as they are performing and Eddie's discussing some of his bodily troubles. That one wasn't very funny. The other one was a filmed piece in which Aidy Bryant is suddenly becoming quite sexually brave with the men in the cast (including guest host Eddie) after being around Lizzo! This one was quite funny and I wished it had actually aired on the show.
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8/10
This second recreation of Norman Lear shows was a little better this time
29 December 2019
In a remarkable coincidence, this special aired at the same time articles of impeachment for President Donald J. Trump were being held so during commercials, we saw both of those articles being voted in and Jimmy Kimmel commenting on it. The "Good Times" segment had the real treat of having original James Evans-John Amos-this time portraying the alderman Fred Davis-who is treated friendly by James and J.J. but indifferently by the women and Michael. After that, Jimmy then introed the other surviving "GT" cast members who showed up: BernNadette Stanis, Ja'net DuBois, and Jimmie Walker, none of whom had time enough to say anything. "All in the Family" takes place on Christmas Eve with among the guests, a friend of Michael's who returns from Canada which he went to avoid the draft and a friend of Archie's whose son died in Vietnam. While I still think Woody Harrelson doesn't do Archie justice, he's a little better this time especially when trying to talk about what he goes through near the end. In the middle of this, Martin Short sings "The Facts of Life" theme before Jimmy tells him they're not doing that show! Verdict: I thought this was a little better than the previous take on Norman Lear shows done last May.
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8/10
On the Basis of Sex was a good drama about Ruth Bader Ginsburg during parts of her life and career
19 December 2019
This movie depicts future Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as first a law student with her husband also entering the profession during the '50s. Then it segues to the early '70s as she finally tries a case. This was quite a compelling drama of her life and career during those times I just mentioned. Especially when it explores some of their family life. My mom enjoyed this as well. So on that point, we heartily recommend On the Basis of Sex.
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Grace Quigley (1984)
6/10
The version I watched of Grace Quigley was okay since it was pretty uneven
19 December 2019
After a couple of decades of only knowing about this film, I finally saw this from a DVD I borrowed from the library. Katharine Hepburn stars in the title role as an elderly woman who witnesses a murder and makes a deal with hitman Nick Nolte to do the same for some of her friends who are lonely and depressed. I'll just now say there are some funny parts and some good dramatic ones but it's uneven especially when it gets to the end. I know there's an alternate version that might be better but this one was for the most part pretty okay...
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9/10
I finally got to watch The Wizard of Oz on the big screen after years of only seeing it on TV!
19 December 2019
Like I'm sure many of you reading this, I first watched this classic movie when it aired on CBS during the '70s when that network still had annual showings of it. Last month or so, I saw it in a theatre for the first time with my movie theatre-working friend as it celebrated it's 80th anniversary. When Professor Marvel mentioned Isis, we both cracked how that word now inspires dread and when the Scarecrow mentioned some jokes about brains, I mentioned a certain President. I also mentioned to my friend how the only part I didn't like about the movie was the Lion's singing about being the King of the Forest as it really stopped the movie and not in a good way. The role of Dorothy was perfect for then 16-year-old Judy Garland even though the girl in the book was originally a pre-teen. And Thank Goodness calmer heads prevailed and her signature song, "Over the Rainbow", was not cut out! It won that deserved Oscar as did Judy for that special miniature Academy Award she got (though I hope she later replaced that with the more standard size!) It was such a treat seeing it on the big screen after years of watching it on TV. Only wish we weren't the only ones in the seats that day, though....
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9/10
Tom Hanks does another fine portrayal of a real-life person in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
12 December 2019
Just watched this with my movie theatre-working friend. We both were pretty enthralled by the way Tom Hanks portrayed the late kid show host Fred Rogers. It concerns Mister Rogers and his relationship with a reporter for Esquire magazine who's going through a rough patch when they meet. Now this reporter's name is changed for the movie so some of the events are dramatized for effect. Still, it's quite touching what is depicted on screen especially when Hanks as Rogers appears. Those silent pauses that happens throughout many scenes are also effective. I think I said enough so I'll just say I and my friend highly recommend A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.8 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 8
7/10
Mike Connors was the guest star of this ep of "Laugh-In"
3 October 2019
Special guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In" was Mike Connors, star of "Mannix". He played mostly bad guys in sketches including a blind robber and a gangster in the Cocktail Party sequence which took place during the '20s. Also appearing were Totie Fields and the return of Charles Nelson Reilly. I'll just say this was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.6 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 6
7/10
This "Laugh-In" ep marked the return appearance of a certain comedian who's known for playing the violin
2 October 2019
Warning: Spoilers
When the program begins, Gary Owens is dressed as if during the 18th century which is also the case when he intros the rest of the cast at the Cocktail Party. It's later found out that that segment takes place during the times of the Revolutionary War. Gary announces all the guests like the then-husband and wife team of Michelle Lee and James Farentino, Peter Marshall, Hugh O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Frank Welker. One guest he doesn't mention is Jack Benny making a return to the show. Benny is looking for "The Dean Martin Show" but gets lost throughout the Burbank studio. He does some nice banter with Willie Tyler and Lester and also tries to talk to Oral Roberts (who doesn't appear). Welker this time impersonates Bill Cosby but not in blackface (Thank goodness!) when speaking to Lester. During the clown number, Ruth Buzzi asks Lily "Who's milk and cheese in Hanoi?" "Jane Fondue", Ruth answers. This was years before Tomlin teamed with Ms. Fonda in the movie Nine to Five. In summary, this was quite a pretty funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.4 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 4
8/10
Lucie Arnaz is the special guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
30 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
A few years after Desi Arnaz appeared on an ep of "Laugh-In", his daughter Lucie does the same thing. Both times it's opposite Desi's ex-wife and Lucie's mother's show "Here's Lucy" of which the daughter was still a cast member of. Presumably, that meant that a performer could now appear opposite programs she/he appeared on which wasn't the case previously. Anyway, she's quite the trouper when either doing physical comedy or talking to the dummy Lester. And her appearance resulted in another Dan & Dick number which they first did with Sandy Duncan the previous season. Ruth Buzzi seemed a little more boisterous this ep like when she did a Gypsy Rose Lee-type strip singing "Let Me Entertain You" in front of Rowan & Martin! And that segued to "Laugh-In Salutes Adult Books and Film" that had quite a bit of hilarity this ep. Also appearing were Rich Little and Ross Martin, the latter in a running skit about being a judge at a gladiator ring. This was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.3 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 3
6/10
William Conrad is the special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In"
28 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
The special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In" is William Conrad who was on the TV show "Cannon" at the time. Also appearing are Bob Crane who does jail skits with Dennis Allen, Henry Mancini the pianist who comments on music, Alexis Smith commenting on some movie stars, and Nanette Fabray who does her comments in sign language. Mr. Conrad is amusing whether playing a "superhero", trying to do various jobs at a news program, or playing a movie musical dancer who eats too much. Oh, and he also participates in The Farkel Family sketch. Overall, not hilarious but not too lame, either. Incidentally, only one joke is done at the Joke Wall. After that, the credits roll is filled with various people in sketches saying, "Good Night, Dick."
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.5 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 5
6/10
Michael Landon was the guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
28 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
A few years after this show previously had "Bonanza" star Dan Blocker as a guest, this ep has co-star Michael Landon as such. When Dan & Dick intro him, Michael gets doused with water. Twice. He's in an amusing running skit as the captain of the S. S. Burbank whose ship threatens to become like the Titanic. Also appearing are Steve Allen as one of a couple of hillbillies of which Dan Rowan is the other, Della Reese either commenting by herself or with Dan or Dick, and Henny Youngman in a sketch in which he and his wife get robbed and he keeps making jokes. Oh, also Mama Cass Elliot-of The Mamas and the Papas-making some comments as well as playing an assistant to a doctor at a hospital. And then there's Frank Welker-best known as the voice of Fred in the Scooby Doo cartoons-this time doing cat and dog sounds. That last bit was perhaps the funniest one in the show. The others I mentioned were amusing at best. Lily Tomlin is back with some pretty good Ernestine and Edith Ann stuff while Ruth Buzzi is once again funny as an aging movie star doing a peanut butter commercial. That last sketch was part of the Laugh-In Salutes Commercials segment of which others in that one weren't as funny. In summary, this was a pretty uneven "Laugh-In" ep. P.S. The sports celeb doing commentary on the "Laugh-In News" was Tom Harmon, father of Mark Harmon. Oh, and Lyle Waggoner also appears as Dick Martin's "stand-in" who keeps quiet until Dan & Dick leave then he says, "Welcome to Lyle Waggoner's Laugh-In!"
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.2 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 2
8/10
Dyan Cannon was the special guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
26 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
For the first time since before the last show of 1969, Lily Tomlin is not in this edition of "Laugh-In". Special guest star is Dyan Cannon whose movie Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice is still the source of the show's jokes after the last few seasons. She's funny and entertaining whether playing a "seal" in a circus sketch or singing about the single life with newbies Donna Jean Young and Sarah Kennedy at a swimming pool sketch. Also appearing during the Cocktail Party sequence are Sebastian Cabot, Julie London, and the return of Janet Leigh. Then there was Hollywood columnist James Bacon who did a funny joke on Minnie Mouse and the rat from Ben! And The Farkel Family returned with Patty Deutsch taking over as Dan Rowan's wife previously played by Jo Anne Worley and Barbara Sharma, respectively. And then Laugh-In salutes guns making fun of both the pro- and anti- groups. This was quite a fun ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.1 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 1
7/10
John Wayne starts off the sixth season of "Laugh-In" on a good vibe
26 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
The first ep of season six of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" begins with a bunch of comely young girls dressed as cheerleaders doing their thing with Gary Owens then introing the returning cast members before then mentioning the newbies as they all come on stage. And for the first time since the first season, the audience and cameras are in full view on the show. Dan & Dick then bring the first guest who's John Wayne. Wayne seems really glad to be there though on some occasions, he pretends he's not like when he later comes on stage in a bunny suit! Jill St. John also returns in a running skit about a singles club. Boy, was she as hot as ever! As always, Ruth Buzzi does her Gladys and Lily Tomlin does her Ernestine and Edith Ann. The only ones of the new cast I recognized were Willie Tyler and Lester who I first saw on some Lola Falana specials when a kid of the mid '70s. They were pretty funny with what I saw so far. Also appearing were Isaac Hayes commenting on his Shaft fame as well as on some political matters and Wilt Chamberlain. Also appearing were Army Archerd whose comment on Barbra Streisand and Phyllis Diller wasn't funny and Frank Welker, perhaps best known as the voice of Fred Jones on the Scooby Doo cartoons, doing a funny bit as Donald Duck singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"! One more thing, Kent McCord and Martin Milner reprise their "Adam-12" cop roles on the show that they also did the previous season. This was a pretty enjoyable start for the new season. By the way, it seems during the Joke Wall sequence, the doors are now already opened before the cast tells their jokes and they stay that way during the closing credits. I watched this on Roku which I got a free subscription from so now I'll review the rest of the season like I had hoped to when I finished the fifth one on DVD just a couple of days ago...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #6.7 (1972)
Season 6, Episode 7
7/10
After first appearing in the fifth season finale, Jean Stapleton returns for a sixth season ep of "Laugh-In"
24 September 2019
While I know it exists, I've yet to find the sixth season "Laugh-In" DVD set so I managed to find the one ep from that season online. After previously appearing in the last show of the previous season, Jean Stapleton returns to be introed by Dan & Dick with her and Dick bonding over their similar personalities to the consternation of Dan! Among the new cast members, Willie Tyler and Lester-who I first saw on Lola Falana specials-come off best but then that's probably because I'm most familiar with them among the other newbies. Other guest stars are Bill Bixby and the return of Jack Carter and Henny Youngman. All are pretty amusing. This wasn't a bad ep of the final season of "Laugh-In" even with the departure of creator/producer George Schlatter. I'd have to watch the rest of the sixth season to really see how it holds up to the others, however...Update-10/2/19: I just watched this ep again on Roku since the previous viewing was 5 min. short (That online version was uploaded from the Decades channel). The missing segments were a Gladys station break, a sketch called The Brownstones with Willie Tyler and Lester, and the previews of the following week's show during the Dan, Dick, and Jean closing segment.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.24 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 24
7/10
This last ep of "Laugh-In" for season five marked Jean Stapleton's first appearance as well as the last for several cast members
24 September 2019
This ep of "Laugh-In" marks Jean Stapleton's first time on the show. She appears in skits as the wife of Dan Rowan who she can't satisfy with her cooking. Sandy Duncan also appears reprising her bank teller role from a previous show. Joe Namath returns making comments about his love life. Charles Nelson Reilly comes back to do sketches in which he plays various foreigners selling cars. I don't think those particular skits were funny. And Jo Ann Pflug-after also appearing the previous week-does another bathtub sketch. A running balloon sketch involving Dan & Dick has them seeing men in white sheets but Dick's comment about them has the audio cut off, for some reason, on the DVD disc I watched it on. I'll just say that I found most of the show funny except for that Charles Nelson Reilly sketch I just cited. This ep of "Laugh-In" marked the last appearances of Johnny Brown, Ann Elder, Larry Hovis, and-after four seasons-Alan Sues. Barbara Sharma's final appearance was in the previous one. This also marked the last one for creator/executive producer George Schlatter as he fell victim to a behind-the-scenes battle for less controversial material between NBC, fellow producer Paul Keyes, and stars Rowan & Martin themselves. For the five seasons he helmed the show, CFG, his nickname, managed to keep it topically relevant and very entertaining most of the time. But President Richard Nixon didn't like the shots at him through most of the run and since he was friends with Keyes and the two hosts, Schlatter had to go. He would try to revive this show without Dan & Dick several years later but that's another story...
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7/10
Jo Ann Pflug was the main guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep
24 September 2019
The main guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" is Jo Ann Pflug who, as mentioned by Dan & Dick, was a star of the movie M*A*S*H which took advantage of her sexuality. So she's in a recurring skit depicting her in the bathtub with some men in with her. Also appearing is Steve Allen playing a senator named "Phil A. Buster" making some jokes related to the Nixon administration though not pointed ones. Then there are leftover cut-ins and skits from John Wayne, Carol Channing, Charles Nelson Reilly, Terry-Thomas, and Gene Hackman. There's also a running gag of Dick Martin hitting a golf ball with it going to various places that I thought was hilarious. So, yeah, this was another funny ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.22 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 22
7/10
Debbie Reynolds returns to charm us in her third appearance on "Laugh-In"
24 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
For the third time, Debbie Reynolds returns as the special guest star on this edition of "Laugh-In". There are also leftover scenes from Dick Cavett, Jack Carter, Johnny Cash, Charlie Callas, Burt Mustin, and Queenie Smith. Ms. Reynolds does a nice '20s flapper dance with Dennis Allen. She also has a funny slapstick sequence with him. During the "Laugh-In News" segment, Dan Rowan is temporarily missing so Dick Martin has to intro himself doing the News of the Present while switching to his partner's seat! For most of the reviews of the show for this fifth season, I hadn't mentioned Moosie Drier doing his News for the Kids segment. Well, I didn't think they were all that funny, at first, but the last few did make me chuckle a little and this was no exception since he's talking about being sick and missing on stuff like having to clean his room but having to then watch TV and get ice cream as he talks in a deadpan way. Anyway, this was another funny ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.21 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 21
7/10
Gene Hackman shows how funny he can be on "Laugh-In"
24 September 2019
Gene Hackman is the guest star of this edition of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". His movie The French Connection is mentioned several times including it being nominated for an Oscar. (This show aired before it won Best Picture and Hackman won Best Actor) He shows his comedic chops here several years before his turns in Young Frankenstein and his portrayal of Lex Luthor in the Superman movies. Like his mentioning not liking the name "Ben" so when Dick Martin mentions it, watch out! There's also some leftover scenes with Robert Goulet and Sue Ann Langdon. I'll just say this was another funny ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.20 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 20
8/10
Sandy Duncan brings her charmingly funny self on this ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
23 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Sandy Duncan is the special guest star of this "Laugh-In" ep with cut-ins from Johnny Cash, Terry-Thomas, and the return of Paul Lynde. Ms. Duncan is her charming and funny self, so much so, she manages to get a musical song-and-dance number with Dan & Dick which is a rarity. Also, during the Joke Wall at the end, she stands with them (in an Afro wig) instead of opening a door behind them as the rest of the cast still does. And then there's the part when she manages to hit Gladys back with her purse! And then when performing the "Laugh-In News" theme with the rest of the female cast, they do a tribute to Busby Berkeley complete with overhead shot. After missing the last two eps, Ann Elder is back. I think Johnny Brown was also absent during those so it's good to see him back as well. So much funny stuff happened but I can't remember them all right now but I highly recommend this ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.19 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 19
8/10
Carol Channing makes a welcome return as a guest star on "Laugh-In" among the other guests
23 September 2019
Carol Channing returns as special guest star to once again charm us with her singing and comedy. She and Barbara Sharma do a dance number about teams. She also plays a used car salesperson and a nurse to Dick Martin. Also appearing are Charlie Callas complete with his weird facial expressions, Dick Cavett doing jokes about being a talk show host, and the return of Richard Crenna once again doing his Walter Denton character. Oh, and there's more of that hilarious Larry Hovis interview with Slappy White about his run for the vice presidency! This was quite a funny ep of "Laugh-In" courtesy of the guests and the cast as it was during this period.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.18 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 18
7/10
Paul Lynde, Chad Everett, and Jack Carter are the guest stars of this "Laugh-In" ep
22 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Chad Everett, Paul Lynde, and Jack Carter are the guest stars of this edition of "Laugh-In". Everett was the star of the TV show "Medical Center" at the time so he's in a running skit of him as a doctor with Barbara Sharma as his assistant and Dennis Allen as the patient. They were alright. Allen has proven to be such a funny physical comedian these last two seasons. His highlight this ep is his attempts going up a ladder to try to reach Larry Hovis's bride as he keeps falling down! Lynde has at least one scene with Alan Sues and seeing those two together talking in similar cadences is sure something, that's for sure! Ann Elder is absent in this ep which is especially noticeable during the "Laugh-In News" theme when only Lily Tomlin, Ms. Sharma, and Ruth Buzzi are dancing and singing it. Oh, and John Wayne is back to do more comments and poetry! This was a funny, if not completely hilarious, ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.17 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 17
9/10
Carl Reiner once again brings his hilarious self on "Laugh-In"
22 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Carl Reiner returns as the special guest star on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and when he's introed by those two, all they want to talk about is his son Rob who just achieved stardom on the No. 1 TV show "All in the Family". But Carl won't have it especially when he reveals his son's grades weren't always good! Speaking of that show, Sally Struthers also returns making many comments related to that show. Other guest stars included Sue Ann Langdon who had a show called "Arnie" on the air at the time. She relates the goings on of that show with Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty and the Nixon administration. And then there's African-American comedian Slappy White who talks with cast member Larry Hovis about his wanting to be the first vice president of his race. His comments are some of the funniest on the show! Carl Reiner himself is very funny here especially when he's arrested and when he takes advantage of free phone calls at the station, he uses them to make obscene ones! Finally, I have to mention a recurring cast member named Mona Tera, a pre-teen girl who often made some pretty amusing comments the few previous shows so far but here got a funny visual gag as she keeps blowing the candles on a cake but the wicks keep on flaming on! There's more but I'll just now say I highly recommend this ep of "Laugh-In"!
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.16 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 16
5/10
Mort Sahl makes an appearance on this edition of "Laugh-In"
22 September 2019
This particular ep of "Laugh-In" seemed to be filled with many leftover skits as I recognized some of them from previous eps, but these have different results at the end of them so they're not verbatim repeats. That includes many cut-ins from Fannie Flagg, Henny Youngman, and James Coco. There are some new ones with Charles Nelson Reilly and Mort Sahl who does a Q and A with the cast members as they ask him to answer questions as various celebs, usually political figures. To tell the truth, I didn't think he was funny in this format. During the Cocktail Party sequence, usually silent dancer Barbi Benton got to say a line when she asked Dick Martin something. Oh, and I noticed there wasn't a "Laugh-In News" segment this time around. In summary, this was an okay ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #5.15 (1972)
Season 5, Episode 15
9/10
Robert Goulet makes fun of himself in "Laugh-In"
22 September 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Singer Robert Goulet is the guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In". He willingly makes fun of himself as he portrays his persona as being narcissistic when married to Ruth Buzzi's Gladys during one of her dreams. He also has a hilarious duet number with Dick Martin when he plays a Mountie and Dick plays a man he's after dressing in drag! He then helps sing the "Laugh-In News" theme dancing with Ruth and Barbara Sharma with them as '20s flappers and the song employing slang terms of that period. Plenty of funny stuff-especially when they recount the events of 1971-so I highly recommend this particular ep of "Laugh-In". Oh, and Tiny Tim returns making cracks to various cast members about his marriage to Miss Vicki.
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