Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in was a non-stop hour of silliness on NBC from 1968 to 1973. The show, hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, featured a relentless pace of goofy sketches, quick one-liners (often double entendres), and scantily clad go-go dancers. Even Richard Nixon got in on the act during his 1968 election run.
Regulars on the show included Goldie Hawn, Lilly Tomlin, Flip Wilson, Richard Dawson, Henry Gibson, Ruth Buzzi, and Arte Johnson. The show also featured recurring guest stars such as John Wayne, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, and Sammy Davis Jr.
A big part of Laugh-in’s success, though, were its catch phrases that quickly became part of the pop culture of the time. Ever heard the phrases “Sock it to me!”, “You bet your sweet bippy!”, or “Here come de judge”? These and many more were popularized by Laugh-in.
It’s the catch phrases littering the Laugh-in playing cards that make them so special, appearing to have been scribbled on the cards freehand. I challenge anyone playing a game of Texas Hold’em with these cards to keep their poker face and not bust out laughing. The jokers feature the Fickle Finger of Fate award and the unnamed “character in a raincoat on a tricycle”. Photos of the hosts are used on the face cards.
The cards were made in 1969 by Brown & Bigelow (Is that a chicken joke?).
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