Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in is a skit comedy show that aired in the late 60’s and early 70’s, known for its unconventional pacing and humor, as well as its commentary of current topics and politics. The Vietnam War and Nixon Administration was a favorite target. Even now, more than 50 years later than first airing in some instances, I found the jokes to be incredibly entertaining, and was able to see several humorous performers —some of whose acts we might consider eccentric or odd today. One example was Tiny Tim, a ukulele player who sang songs like “Tip Toe Through the Tulips” in an incredibly high falsetto. The show featured different musical guests with up-and-coming performers of the day each episode, keeping the audience on its toes and exposing them to new personalities every time.
Naturally due to the age and controversial nature of the show, some jokes didn’t age well—particularly those with sexist or racist overtones. However, if you are looking for a ‘groovy’ throwback or want a glimpse into pop-culture of the past, and are able to historically contextualize the content, I would definitely recommend giving the Laugh-in a watch.