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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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In 1980 a showdown with NBC president Fred Silverman had Johnny use his ultimate power: He threatened to quit the show. That was all he needed to wring an unprecedented deal out of NBC. In addition to more than $5 million a year in salary, Carson got series commitments from the network for his production company, and--most importantly--gained ownership over the "Tonight" show. From then on everything Carson did on the show belonged not to NBC, but to him. In total, the deal was estimated at more than $50 million. No one in television had ever received anything close to that amount. In addition, at the same time Carson got something else he wanted--the show was cut down from 90 minutes to an hour starting September 16, 1980. See more »

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[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 »

Connections

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Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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Funny
2 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

My dad is a Johnny Carson fan himself. He had great guests like Pearl Bailey, Don Rickles, Drew Barrymore, Joey Lawrence, Bob Newhart, And Dolly Parton. I saw an informercial of this program. There was this one time when they were playing Family Feud and the host said name something you find on a farm the contestant answered a well. Ed Mcmahon from Star Search was the announcer. Johnny had a lot of animal guests.


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