LASERIUM In Popular Culture

I suppose due to its ubiquity (shows in 46 cities on five continents), its popularity (over 20 million patrons) and its longevity (nearly four decades), Laserium has become a cultural icon. It’s been referenced or appeared in: TV shows from Mork and Mindy to The Simpsons and Two and a Half Men; in movies from Starman to Star Trek and Disclosure; in music videos for Madonna, Herbie Hancock and Def Leppard, among many others; in magazines such as People and National Geographic World; along with countless newspaper articles and TV news and talk shows, including mentions by William Shatner on The Tonight Show and Tom Hanks on The Late Show (Letterman). And Laserium is a frequent metaphor for spectacle in reviews of everything from a Kenny Chesney concert to Tron: Legacy. It even shows up in a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The show is widely acknowledged to represent a milestone in music visualization and to have jumpstarted the worldwide laser display industry. As both an entertainment and art form it was saluted in Arts Magazine as the progenitor "…of the universally recognized high visual art of the future."

- Ivan Dryer, creator of Laserium

In Amazing Spiderman 165, Peter and Mary Jane argue about their relationship during a Laserium performance at the Museum of Natural History in New York. (See PDF)
February, 1977

In ROM, Spaceknight #2, ROM battles at Laserium Corporation in "Lethal Laserium"(See PDF)
January 2, 1979

Laserium on The Simpsons
1994 - Season 5, Episode 11 - "Homer the Vigilante"

Laserium on Bobby's Big Broadcast
1990 to 1998

Daily Show interview with Ben Stiller
Dec 20, 2006

Laserium on Smallville
October 4, 2007

Laserium on "Two and a Half Men"
"Mr. McGlue's Feedbag" - 2007

Other brief mentions in the press and elsewhere...

Amazing Spiderman #165

"Homer the Vigilante"

Laserium Archive

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