50 years ago today, the TV comedy variety show “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”debuted on NBC. Characterized by psychedelic colors and a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches, many of which were politically charged or conveyed sexual innuendo, it ran for five years with 140 episodes, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
Columnist Danny Tyree remembers:
Although some of the bawdy repartee and ripped-from-the-headlines political satire (about the Pill, the anti-war movement, smog and the drug culture) went over my innocent little head, the breakneck one-liners and zany sight gags brightened my Monday nights and made quite an indelible impression.
Read the entire column here.