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great--as far as it goes, that is,
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This review is from: The Best of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Vol. 2 (DVD)
Laugh-In was an incredibly funny show with a great deal of improvisation--in fact, there was probably more "ad libbing" than most people realize! The show was a real treat to watch back in the day; I always hoped my parents would let me stay up a little bit later to watch the show on television. Of course, with my being a child there were some jokes I didn't catch then that I easily understand and laugh at now; and that's great because the shows here provide high quality entertainment that hasn't diminished with time. Although the quality of the image is only average the jokes and guest star appearances more than make up for that and the sound quality lacks nothing.
Unfortunately, however, this DVD set has a very real disappointment: they should have put more shows on these DVDs; and the "extensive" interviews are really only about 20 to 25 minutes each. I can't understand why Rhino never released the full seasons of the show; I think they would have sold nicely given the fact that all the material here is top notch comedy with high energy and a fast pace that would keep just about any professional comedian on their toes and reaching to achieve their full potential.
The cast members include superlative performers such as Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Jo Anne Worley, Alan Sues, Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin and more. Danny Kaye, Peter Lawford, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jack Benny, Greer Garson and Milton Berle are just some of the guest stars.
As others have noted, if you just have to enjoy Laugh-In, then get this 3 DVD set and enjoy. Actually, I think you'll enjoy it over and over again especially if you liked Laugh-In then and also if you liked the type of ethnic humor that was permissible at the time. I guess some Laugh-In is better than no Laugh-In; but I really hope Rhino has a change of heart and releases all the full seasons of this hilarious show very soon. It predated and paved the way for shows like Saturday Night Live; Laugh-In deserves better treatment than this!