Sunday, May 25, 2008

Goodbye, Dick Martin

The Flaming Nose is saddened to learn of the death last night of television comedy favorite Dick Martin who was one-half of the hilarious duo who fronted Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in on NBC in the late 1960s. Along with long-time comedy partner Dan Rowan (who died in 1987), Dick Martin set the tone for the completely contemporary and game-changing series which took the nation by storm and created catchphrases which resonate to this day.

If you missed Jane's Nose-talgia post on Laugh-in from only last month, please take a look at it now, in honor of Mr. Martin and his lasting achievements.

AP has a nice article and biography on Dick Martin which is recommended reading, and I always find the pieces from the Museum of Broadcast Communications have a solid historical bent and they have a good piece on Laugh-in. In addition to their Laugh-in fame, Rowan and Martin had a red-hot career in traditional stand-up venues, of course, and as a second career Martin became a highly-skilled TV director. He was also a likeable actor who appeared on his own in movies like The Glass Bottom Boat (with Doris Day), and many TV series including a recurring role on The Lucy Show and guest shots on popular shows like The Love Boat, The Nanny, Diagnosis Murder and many others.

Dick Martin was a talented man whose many other achievements were no doubt somewhat overshadowed by the success and exceedingly long tail of his Laugh-in fame, but he was a true television and pop culture icon, and we salute him.

Sock it to 'em, Dick.


Jane said...

What an absolutely lovely tribute to a giant TV talent. Beautifully written, Lisa! And since you tastefully omitted the most obvious catch phrase in your post, I will add it here...."Say Good Night, Dick".

Bravo to Mr. Martin and this thoughtful post.

Scott said...

Great post, Lisa. Nice insert of the catch phrase in your post, Jane!
Laugh-In will always be one of my favorite shows.

Anonymous said...

I was going to leave that catch phrase "Say Good Night, Dick," when I read your post, Lisa, but as usual, Jane didn't miss a beat. Very nice tribute, Lisa. Brings back memories of looking forward every week to a great tv show.