George Schlatter is an American television producer and director, best known for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and founder of the American Comedy Awards.
One of the most influential producers in the history of television — a man best known for creating and producing the landmark variety sketch series 'Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In' — reflects on that show's origins, impact and legacy, most recently on display in a tribute show on Netflix. But first: THR's Matthew Belloni, Daniel Fienberg, Lesley Goldberg and Michael O'Connell join Scott to dissect Tuesday morning's announcement of the 71st Emmy nominations. Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Matthew Whitehurst and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
Television comedy impresario George Schlatter created Laugh In at the peak of cultural upheaval in 20th Century America. He tells Marc why he linked the rebellious youth movement of the '60s to a buttoned-up style firmly rooted in the history of show business, which he learned all about as manager of the legendary Sunset Strip nightclub Ciro's. George talks about getting his education from luminaries like Groucho Marx, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, and Milton Berle, and sparking the careers of bright talents like Richard Pryor and Lorne Michaels. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Sonos.  
Gilbert and Frank put in a call to one of their favorite showbiz raconteurs, legendary producer and "Laugh-In" creator George Schlatter, who shares his memories of working with everyone from Dino to Groucho as well as creating the short-lived fiasco "Turn-On." Also, George praises Jack Benny, parties with Ol' Blue Eyes, remembers Redd Foxx and (inadvertently) helps get Richard Nixon elected. PLUS: Herkie Styles! Digby Wolfe! The brilliance of Arte Johnson! The madness of Shecky Greene! And the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Dec 31st, 1932
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4 hours, 27 minutes
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