Goodnight, Dick. The Fickle Finger of Fate Strikes

LOS ANGELES — Comedian and director Dick Martin has died.

Martin, 86, was the zany half of the comedy team whose Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In took TV by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin. It also created such catch-phrases as “Sock it to me!”, “You bet your sweet bippie” and “Look that up in your Funk and Wagnall’s.”

A family spokesperson says Martin died last night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica. Straight man Dan Rowan, whose “Say goodnight, Dick,” brought a signature echo to end each show, died in 1987.

The duo, which split in the late ’70s, was honoured with the 2,194th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2002.

From AP

11 responses to “Goodnight, Dick. The Fickle Finger of Fate Strikes

  1. …….. and that was in the good ol’ days when you could enjoy a smoke on the telly. Excellent programme …….. I loved it …….


  2. Ah, thank you for posting. I was getting ready to, which may mean we have the same general nonsensibility . . .


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  4. gosh I loved this show for many many reasons – surely a forerunner sandy


  5. I have been reading your blog and love that you posted about Dick Martin. Laugh In was the first “adult” show I was allowed to watch as a child. I don’t think I got all the jokes but I sure loved it!
    RIP Dick Martin.


  6. @ Daddy P, I was never allowed to smoke on the TV – – –

    @ FFE, Hey, that was a very important show – it made me laugh!

    @ sandy, it was great fun and I still use some of the catch phrases.

    @ Martha, He gave so much enjoyment to so many people. He deserves to RIP.


  7. That was such a funny show!


  8. You’re damn right it was important! I still remember seeing Nixon on it in first-run, and the whole series made sure that I kept civics and government classes in the proper perspective ever since.


  9. There was a delicious irony in a comedy show making fun of McCarthy’s henchman!


  10. And of course I was killing myself that I couldn’t post at all. My parents used to put me to bet at seven and wake me up at eleven to watch this and Mission Impossible. Which explains how I turned out so badly.

    Say goodnight, Dick.


  11. This was the show which taught me that it is much more effective to get people to laugh at our enemies than to kill them. It probably saved a number of politicians from assassination.

    Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me!


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