Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA)  »

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(1962-1966) | (1980-1992) | (1967-1980)

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(1962-1984)| (1984-1992)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Around 10 A.M. every morning before a show, Johnny Carson would call producer Frederick De Cordova and chat for a few minutes about what guests were to appear on the show that night and discuss a sketch rehearsal, if necessary. The telephone conversation would last about ten minutes, and it was the only contact Carson and De Cordova had before each show. See more »


[Ed Ames has thrown a tomahawk across the stage, hitting a painting of a cowboy straight in the "crotch". The entire studio erupts in hysterical laughter]
Johnny Carson: I didn't even know you were Jewish!
[uproarious laughter continues]
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Crazy Credits

Whenever Carson added a skit to an episode, the "Mighty Carson Art Players" would be announced as guest stars. See more »


Referenced in Growing Pains: Born Free (1987) See more »


Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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19 August 2005 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Carson – the best at what he did. Enigmatic off camera, from what I understand, but absolutely brilliant on camera. His easy interview style and ability to let his guests be the focus stands in contrast to so many pretenders to his late night throne. His jokes and skits, even the ones that flopped, made you feel like you were "in" on the jokes. I don't remember all of his tenure, but I remember over half of it and can still quote from long ago evenings. Example – Doc Severinson wearing a loud jacket with flowers on it. Johnny: "That's some jacket Doc. Put some fertilizer on it and it might bloom". Doc: "We could dip it in your monologue". Johnny: "I'll suggest that to the new band leader". Spontaneous? Probably not. Hilarious? Absolutely! As fun and nostalgic as it is to see current superstars early in their careers as Johnny gave them their first big break, it is even more of a treat to see so many legendary stars, many still in their heyday. Bob Hope, Lucy, Dean Martin, etc. Like Johnny, they are gone now. And like Johnny, they don't make'm that way any more. Sad, but thank God for DVD and video.

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