Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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 Himself - Bandleader / ... (1,023 episodes, 1962-1966)
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) remained a fixture on NBC through the administrations of seven U.S. Presidents: John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush. See more »

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[repeated line]
Johnny Carson: [when guests talk too much] Exactly what time did I lose control of this show?
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Whenever Carson added a skit to an episode, the "Mighty Carson Art Players" would be announced as guest stars. See more »


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A Living Legend
2 February 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

As great as Steve Allen and Jack Paar were, Carson took the ball, reshaped it, and sent it in for a shot heard round the world. There is a reason he hosted the show for 30 years, 4 times longer than his 2 predacessors behind him. He was brilliant at making anyone seem interesting. Steve could do it, and so could Jack (though not as well from what I've seen), but Johnny really had a grasp of finding the way to question people to fit their response style. He really was the first true King of Late Night. If others say it's Paar or Allen, then I say Carson became Emporer!

The skits were done cheaply, but they were so much fun, you laughed with them, not at them.

Originally, the Carson's show was 90 minutes, and it was trimmed to 60 in the early 80's since he felt he could not keep the level up like he had in the past, which made the way for David Letterman. Thank You Johnny!


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