A moment of silence for one of the greats … Dick Martin

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was a truly great show and every bit as subversive as The Smothers Brothers. It was the place where America saw the best in the old tradition of comedians — Don Rickles, Charlie Callas (I think), Sammy Davis Jr. and many, many others — cross paths with the new tradition as seen in Lily Tomlin, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Flip Wilson and countless others. It was where Richard Nixon said, “Sock it to … me?” And John Wayne was a regular guest. Martin (right) was Gracie Allen/Lou Costello to Dan Rowan’s George Burns/Bud Abbot. They did political humor when the nation was even more polarized than it is now and they did it without being mean. Martin was 86 and I miss him already.

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