'Laugh-In's Dick Martin, TV Comedy Pioneer Dick Martin, co-host of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, a TV comedy staple of the 1960s, died Saturday. Zany, frenetic, and daring in its references to sex and drugs, Laugh-In challenged the more tame TV sitcoms of the era with a fast-paced sketches, monologues and catch phrases, like "sock it to me."
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'Laugh-In's Dick Martin, TV Comedy Pioneer

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'Laugh-In's Dick Martin, TV Comedy Pioneer

'Laugh-In's Dick Martin, TV Comedy Pioneer

'Laugh-In's Dick Martin, TV Comedy Pioneer

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Dick Martin, co-host of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, a TV comedy staple of the 1960s, died Saturday. Zany, frenetic, and daring in its references to sex and drugs, Laugh-In challenged the more tame TV sitcoms of the era with a fast-paced sketches, monologues and catch phrases, like "sock it to me."

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

The 1960s television program changed the business of television comedy.

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DICK MARTIN: "Laugh-In" helped to launch the careers of Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin and Tiny Tim.

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TINY TIM: The next time you see a politician trying to win points on a late night comedy show you can say Richard Nixon tried that first on "Laugh-In."

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RICHARD NIXON: Sock it to me.

MONTAGNE: Whoa. This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

ROBERT SMITH, Host:

And I'm Robert Smith.

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