On September 15, 1969, the boffo third season of the pop culture touchstone, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, premiered to eager viewers. In two short years, through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs, a gaggle of goofballs and the biggest stars of the day, the series had become water cooler fodder for an entire country. But, little did home audiences know that in Episode #15 (airing December 29), they’d be introduced to one of the generation’s greatest and most original comic actors: Lily Tomlin. Tomlin, who’d go on to create such unforgettable characters as Ernestine the snooty phone operator and the precocious, philosophizing five-year-old, Edith Ann, would quickly become a fan favorite and her talents are on full display in ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON.
The ’60s gave us “in-crowds,” “be-ins” and “love-ins,” and starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank. Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin presided over a cast of comic greats including Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Gary Owens, Jo Anne Worley and Alan Sues, as they sent up everything from the “Sexy Sixties” and insurance to the generation gap. Across the 26 memorable episodes included on the 7 discs of ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON, home audiences will be treated to such long-running classic sketches as “Sock It to Me,” “Cocktail Party,” and “The Fickle Finger of Fate,” and Sammy Davis Jr. as the judge, as well as amusing salutes to the presidency, hospitals, organized crime, women and show biz. Season Three would also introduce viewers to the inimitable Farkle Family, as well as showcase the improbable almost wedding of Gladys (Buzzi) and Tyrone (Johnson).
Additionally, in THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON, stars continue to shine ever so brightly, as some of the 20th century’s biggest headliners and personalities are prominently featured; included are uproarious appearances by Johnny Carson, Debbie Reynolds, Peter Sellers, Flip Wilson, Michael Caine, Bob Hope, Diana Ross, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Carol Channing, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Benny, Engelbert Humperdinck, Peter Lawford, Phyllis Diller, Roger Moore, Romy Schneider, Greer Garson, Lorne Greene, Ed McMahon, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Nancy Sinatra, James Garner, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Jim Backus, Andy Williams, Andy Griffith, Carl Reiner, Ringo Starr and many more!
The set also includes two new-to-retail, specially-produced bonus features: an exclusive new interview with Lily Tomlin and the featurette “Still Laugh-In — A Tribute to George Schlatter”.