The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

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

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Opening monologues, sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances are commonly featured.

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

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There was a six month gap between Jack Paar leaving "The Tonight Show" in 1962 and Johnny Carson replacing him as the show's host. In the interim, NBC had various celebrities guest host. During that time, musician Tommy Newsom was a hired to play the alto sax in The Tonight Show Band. He remained with the band, occasionally taking over band leader duties when Doc Severinsen was away, until Carson retired in 1992. Newsom's tenure on "The Tonight Show" was three months longer than Carson's. See more »

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Art Fern: Got no job? We don't care. Got a bad credit rating? We don't care. Got a prison record? We don't care. Don't expect to pay us? THAT'S when we care!
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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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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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