Laugh-In creator offers television treasures for charity


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Assorted Comediennes' American Comedy Award Nominations. Set of three American Comedy Awards nomination plaques includes Rikki Lake's 1989 plaque for Hairspray, Jasmine Guy's 1989 plaque for A Different World, and Rosie O'Donnell's 1997 plaque for three different categories. Each measures 4.25" x 6.25" and is in Excellent condition. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

DALLAS – The entertainment archive of celebrated television producer George Schlatter – creator of Laugh-In, Real People, The American Comedy Awards – will headline an auction of Music & Entertainment memorabilia, June 5-6, at Heritage Auction Galleries. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Hawn Foundation and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center.

 “George felt it was time to share some of his amazing entertainment treasures with the world,” said Doug Norwine, Director of Music & Entertainment at Heritage, “and to help the charities of Goldie Hawn and Barbara Sinatra, two of his dearest friends.”

The collection includes Schlatter’s Laugh-In 25th Anniversary American Television Award; American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement statuettes from Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball and Jack Lemmon; Comedy Hall of Fame Awards from Richard Pryor and Red Skelton; transcripts and scripts from specials and events Schlatter developed, including a 1967 Colgate Comedy Hour script, a script from the 1965 The Best On Record Grammy Awards Show and his own personal Laugh-In series syndication notebook.

Also in the archive are a host of awards, scripts, contracts and production books, all bearing the names and/or the signatures of some of the greatest figures in Hollywood history.

George Schlatter – the catalyst behind television innovations of the 1960s and 1970s – launched careers and re-shaped broadcast comedy. Where would America be without Laugh-In?  The political and topical satire, gags, and catchphrases fueled America from 1967-1973 with comic relief and fresh opinions when it was most needed. In 1979, with Real People, Schlatter once again set the standard and paved the path for the slew of reality shows which followed. He has produced, literally, hundreds of hours of television series and specials and received five Emmys, out of 25 nominations, and has received Lifetime Achievement awards from virtually every important entertainment guild in existence.

He was undeniably instrumental in starting the careers of a variety of famous performers including names like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams and Ellen Degeneres, and the specials he produced include names like Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Judy Garland, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Diana Ross, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Richard Pryor, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The history of his accomplishments reads like an encyclopedia of late 20th Century Pop Culture.

 “It’s impossible to quantify the influence of a man like George,” said Kristen Painter, Chief Music & Entertainment Cataloger. “He’s a legend, and one look at the names on some of the awards from his collection shows you that he is one of the most influential players among the heavy hitters of Hollywood.”

 “There’s never been a better opportunity to acquire a fantastic piece of television history,” said Norwine, “as well as donate to these two wonderful foundations.”

Mr. Schlatter is available for interviews.

To view the catalog for this auction, along with detailed photos and descriptions, go online to www.HA.com/7006.

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George Schlatter's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary American Television Award. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.
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Richard Pryor's Comedy Hall of Fame Trophy. Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

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