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Gary Owens
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NBC Daytime: 9/29/1969 – 12/26/1969
George Schlatter-Ed Friendly Productions

"It's Letters To Laugh-In (insert three comedians and their written jokes submitted by viewers). And here's your host, a man who has London at his feet, New York at his feet, Chicago at his feet, he may have very little talent, but he has big feet. And now, a man whose charm and sophistication is only exceeded by his loveliness, Gary Owens!"

Letters To Laugh-In was a short-lived daytime game show where the stars from the popular sketch comedy show Laugh-In would read letters sent in by fans.


Home viewers mailed their jokes to the program, during which they were read by a panel of four celebrities (two of them were Laugh-In regulars). Each joke was rated on a scale of minus-100 to plus-100 by a randomly selected audience panel.

"Morgul, the friendly Drelb" (who Owens always referred to on Laugh-In, but who was never seen) would hand Owens the categories for each round, in the form of a hand or puppet reaching through the top of the podium, usually with added sound effects.

The highest and lowest rated jokes each day won the viewers a prize. Trips were awarded for the highest-rated Joke-of-the-Week (such as a trip to Hawaii), while the lowest-rated joke-of-the-week won a trip to "Beautiful downtown Burbank". A Grand Prize (a '69 convertible) was awarded for the highest rated joke of the entire 13-week run.


NBC Studio 2, Burbank, CA


A spinoff based on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.


Laugh-In Fansite (via Internet Archive)

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A full episode from September 30, 1969
Opening credits of the above episode