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    Unhappy Laugh In's Dick Martin passes away

    TV's 'Laugh-in' comic Dick Martin dies in Calif

    Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!" has died. He was 86.

    Martin, who went on to become one of television's busiest directors after splitting with Rowan in the late 1970s, died Saturday night of respiratory complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, family spokesman Barry Greenberg said.

    "He had had some pretty severe respiratory problems for many years, and he had pretty much stopped breathing a week ago," Greenberg said.

    Martin was surrounded by family and friends when he died just after 6 p.m., Greenberg said.

    "Laugh-in," which debuted in January 1968, was unlike any comedy-variety show before it. Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, it offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and announcer Gary Owens.

    Presiding over it all were Rowan and Martin, the veteran nightclub comics whose standup banter put their own distinct spin on the show.

    Like all straight men, Rowan provided the voice of reason, striving to correct his partner's absurdities. Martin, meanwhile, was full of bogus, often risque theories about life, which he appeared to hold with unwavering certainty.

    The Associated Press: TV's 'Laugh-in' comic Dick Martin dies in Calif
    eat a hot bowl of dicks.

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    aww i just saw him on tv tonite (on Outrageous moments) what a shame... he was hysterical on Laugh In
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    RIP Dick. You made me and my parents laugh so much.

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    "Say goodnight, Dick"
    "Goodnight, Dick"

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    RIP another one gone
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    You bet your bippy.

    Goodnight, Dick.

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