'Laugh-In' co-creator Digby Wolfe dies at 82

May 8, 2012 - 7:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Digby Wolfe, the comedy writer who co-created the 1960s variety show "Laugh-In," has died. He was 82.

Friends have confirmed that the British-born writer, actor, singer and teacher died May 2 of lung cancer at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.

Friend and former teaching colleague Jim Linnell described Wolfe as a "whirlwind of ideas and encouragement." He says Wolfe had the power to set loose uncontrollable laughter in people.

Wolfe and his "Laugh-In" colleagues earned an Emmy in 1968 for their work on the television show.

Wolfe had small guest roles on various TV series and also mentored hundreds of young writers.

A memorial service is being planned for June 10 at the University of New Mexico, where Wolfe taught writing for 12 years.

His 37-year teaching career also included a stint at the University of Southern California.