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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The show was a "cash cow", many years grossing more than $100 million and providing anywhere from 15%-20% of the profits recorded by the entire NBC network. Carson's own income quickly set the standard for television performers, reaching $1 million before he had finished a decade on the air. As his hold on the country's bedtime habits grew, so did his hold on the NBC treasury. All the leverage in future contract negotiations lay with Johnny. In the mid-'70s he passed $3 million a year. See more »

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[from his last show - May 22, 1992]
[referring to remarks made that week by Vice President Dan Quayle, about single mothers and the TV show "Murphy Brown"]
Johnny Carson: I really want to thank him for making my final week so fruitful.
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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 »

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Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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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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