Alan Sues, a flamboyant and wacky member of the comic ensemble that made “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” a big hit for NBC in the late 1960s, died Thursday at his home in West Hollywood of an apparent heart attack. He was 85.
Sues was a regular on the comedy-variety show from 1968 until 1971, playing such characters as Uncle Al the Kiddies’ Pal, a hung-over children’s entertainer, and Big Al, an effeminate sportscaster. He left “Laugh-In” before its final season.
Rather than relying on a series of tightly scripted song-and-dance segments, “Laugh-In” offered up a steady, almost stream-of-consciousness run of non-sequitur jokes, political satire and madhouse antics from a cast of talented young actors and comedians that also included Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson and Jo Anne Worley. Read more>>