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The Legendary Hilarious Laugh-In Joke Reels PLUS "How WE Won The Emmy", A Rare 1978 Rowan & Martin TV Reunion Performance, A Vintage 1969 Hosting On "The Hollywood Palace" AND 2 Vintage 1958 Hostings On "The Chevy Show" Packed Into 2 Dual Layer All Regions DVDs!
*6/27/15: Updated With Video Newly Redigitized In High Quality 9 Mbps DVD Video For Improved Image And Audio Quality, And Upgraded From A Single DVD To A High Quality Dual Layer Format 2 DVD Set!
HOW WE WON THE EMMY (B&W, 9:22)
Laugh-In is as arguably the first modern television comedy series as it is paradoxically also the last hurrah of the vaudeville/old time radio format shows. The mixture was explosive, and was responsible for its becoming so very popular amongst young and old alike during the historic times of the greatest expanse of the "generation gap". A sweep of the 1968 Emmys was an immediate result of this achievement, for Outstanding Musical or Variety Program, Outstanding Musical or Variety Series and Outstanding Writing in Music or Variety. This film short celebrates the achievement, serves up some choice outtakes & takes a good-natured jab at the Smothers Brothers. [Warning - Adult Language]
ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN JOKE REELS (B&W, 33:47 & 16:07)
It's hard to overrate the value and importance of these films! An amazing collage of outtakes from the series including vignettes by Jack Benny, Richard Nixon, Jack Lemon, Don Rickles, Sammy Davis Jr., Otto Preminger, James Garner, Johnny Carson, Victor Borge, Connie Stevens, Zero Mostel, Orson Welles, Tim Conway, Carl Reiner, Carol Channing, Bill Cosby, Danny Kaye, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Cher, Bob Hope, more! [Warning - Adult Language]
HOLLYWOOD PALACE - ROWAN & MARTIN HOSTS (Color, 56:13)
Broadcast February 22 1969, this ABC variety show was banking on its future by having the hosts of television's top-rated comedy & variety show appear as hosts on this show in the hopes that it would boost sagging ratings. Had future shows been as good as this one, which was exclusively devoted to comedy acts, the producer's plans to boost ratings likely would have worked, but despite its cancellation the following year, this episode sports excellent comedy routines by Rowan & Martin themselves, Gaylord & Holiday, Betty Walker & her Magic Telephone, Irwin C. Watson, Gene Sheldon, Simmy Bow and Jackie Gayle.
ROWAN & MARTIN: SPECIAL EVENTS INTERVIEW (Color, 7:10)
A rare and wonderful 1978 television appearance by this timeless comedy duo, years after the end of Laugh-In which time can be judged by their appearance, based on an interview conducted by Dan Rowan of a famous doctor played by Dick Martin.
THE CHEVY SHOW (1963, B&W, Episode 1: 44:01 / Episode 2: 52:10)
Powerhouse entertainers Edie Adams, Janet Blair and John Raitt star in this 1958 summer series which challenge the singing, dancing, comedic and dramatic skills of stars and guests Rowan & Martin alike. Show tunes abound, but they have an edge and immediacy that makes these performances as accessible now as it was then, and throughout the two, the harmonic humor of Dan & Dick shines as bright as their singing skills are an unexpected delight - and don't forget to seek out a surprise appearance of Edie Adams' husband, the great Ernie Kovacs!
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