The show: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in. The time: 3/2 of 1970. The premise: A man is trying to get out of a traffic ticket by utilizing name dropping.
And the name he first chooses to drop gives us our Disney tie-in: Annette Funicello. And just before he utters the moniker of the famous Mouseketeer, he says:
“Would it do any good to mention that I’m a personal friend of Annette Funicello?“
As he does so, he dons an appropriate set of Mickey Ears! Yes, it just goes to show once again that you just don’t know when something Disney will show up.
Artie Johnson (January 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019) starred on Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973 where he received billing above most of the other members of the cast. He played characters as diverse as a confused German army soldier to a dirty old man who mumbled. But now we know his most prestigious role was as a middle-aged Mouseketeer!
Before you go, check out another Found Disney moment from this psychedelic show as Mickey Mouse Visits Laugh-In. It’ll creep you out, but you’ve come this far, so there’s no turning back now!