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Dr. Samuel Hoffman and singer Dorothy Shay provide the interest of this edition of "The Johnny Carson Show"
11 June 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

First, a correction: the year in the above title should read 1956 since "The Johnny Carson Show" actually premiered on June 30, 1955. Okay, at the beginning Johnny introduces one of his guest stars-Dorothy Shay-who his sitting in a chair next to regular Jack Prince (he appeared in the episode from January 19 that I last reviewed as an old military buddy of Carson's) who sits with several empty chairs that Johnny expects certain movie stars to sit in if they show up. Then he goes to the curtain where a Dr. Samuel Hoffman appears from behind. Turns out this guy is known for playing the theremin instrument that makes those weird electronic sounds in various sci-fi and horror movies. After the doctor plays it, Johnny is assisted by him doing it before Carson gets weirded out by the sounds when left alone. It continues like this for awhile before Prince gets up and tries to sing "Sixteen Tons" with Hoffman playing but it doesn't sound well. Next, Ms. Shay starts to sing one of her humorous love/break-up songs when Carson interrupts and does a "This Is Your Life"-type story on his guest with lots of amusing corn-porn jokes on her young life in Kentucky (though she was actually born in Jacksonville, Florida, a place I once lived in). After that's over, she continues her song. This was another pretty entertaining episode of "The Johnny Carson Show" especially the segment involving Hoffman and his ways with the theremin. Not as hilarious as some of the others but quite funny enough. P.S. I've seen Ms. Shay before, a long time ago, when I watched Abbott & Costello's Comin' Round the Mountain. And I've seen Mr. Prince-who was born in Shreveport in my current home state of Louisiana-on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show".


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