Monday, May 26, 2008

Dick Martin: 1922-2008

Dick Martin, the Emmy Award-winning television comic who was one half of the team that brought us Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, passed away Saturday at the age of 86.

Although he is best known for Laugh-In, the groundbreaking, swinging 60's comedy/variety show classic he created with Dan Rowan that proved to be a breeding ground of new stars (Ruth Buzzi, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Jo Anne Worley) and popular catchphrases ("Sock it to me!", "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall's", "You bet your sweet bippy"), Martin was also a frequent guest star on game shows and other variety series and a prolific television director, including The Bob Newhart Show and Showtime's early gay-themed sitcom, Brothers.

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