Dick Martin, who co-created and co-starred in “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” died yesterday of respiratory complications in Santa Monica, CA. He was 86.
Dick’s rep said he was surrounded by his family and friends.
Laugh-In, which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it.
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 Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.
Presiding over it all were Rowan and Martin, the veteran nightclub comics whose standup banter put their own distinct spin on the show.
Say Goodnight, Dick. Goodnight, Dick.
Source: Associated Press