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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After The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) moved from New York to California in May 1972, Johnny Carson took Monday nights off and the show was hosted by a guest performer. Until Joan Rivers became permanent guest host in September 1983, the most frequent of "guest hosts" were: 'Joey Bishop' (177 times), Joan Rivers (93 times), Bob Newhart (87 times), John Davidson (87 times), David Brenner (70 times), McLean Stevenson (58 times), Jerry Lewis (52 times), and David Letterman (51 times). After Joan Rivers left in 1986, the show used various guest hosts, with Jay Leno the most frequent. Leno became the exclusive guest host in fall 1987, a position he held for the rest of Carson's reign. See more »

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Art Fern: Now back to our feature film! Woody Harrelson, Woody Allen, Woody Woodpecker, Woody Herman, Herman Munster, and Dumpo the Wonder Pigeon, in "Heidi Suffers an Estrogen Avalanche."
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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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