Thursday, October 4, 2012

You Know the Voice: Gary Owens, game show host? (Yup!)(1969)

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was so hot, NBC suits decided to spin off a daytime game show. Unfortunately, given the flexible scheduling of the day, Letters to Laugh-In lasted just three months in 1969.

Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens (ex-Space Ghost) was host and announcer for this show, and his self-introduction is worth the price of admission alone. It took almost a decade before Owens would be given another chance, and it was to MC the evening version of maverick producer Chuck Barris' iconic Gong Show.

Anyway, since it was common practice back in the day for networks to erase entire series to reuse the videotapes (!), it's very rare to find any footage from this program. Shoot, I'd be happy if they dug up an actual episode of Ed McMahon's Snap Judgment, but that's for another time. Here, then, is Letters to Laugh-In. Bear in mind that panelist and Laugh-In regular Jo Anne Worley would venture into voice work herself a number of years later (Disney's Wuzzles).

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