The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show: Season 1, Episode 2

Episode #1.2 (14 Jan. 1966)

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Johnny Carson serves as guest host for this episode. Johnny's guests include singer Diahann Carroll, comedian Joan Rivers, guitarist Tony Mottola, slight-of-hand showman Don Allen and the ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Don Allen ...
Himself - Slight of Hand Artist
Herself - Singer
Himself - Guest Host
Tony Mottola ...
Himself - Guitarist
Herself - Comedian
Himself - Sketch Actor
Bobby Van ...
Himself - Sketch Actor
William D. Williams ...
Himself - Announcer


Johnny Carson serves as guest host for this episode. Johnny's guests include singer Diahann Carroll, comedian Joan Rivers, guitarist Tony Mottola, slight-of-hand showman Don Allen and the comedy team of Bobby Van and Mickey Rooney who perform a sketch concerning a big game hunter recently returned from Africa. Written by David Bassler

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Comedy | Music




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14 January 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Johnny Carson guest hosts this episode because of a stipulation in Sammy Davis Jr.'s contract with ABC that he could not appear on television for the three weeks prior to his special airing on that network. See more »


Himself - Guest Host: Thank you, and may a bird of paradise build a nest out of Sammy Davis' contract.
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What the World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Diahann Carroll
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This second episode of "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" with guest host Johnny Carson was pretty entertaining
17 June 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This was the second episode of NBC's "The Sammy Davis Jr. Show" but the first without its star. Let me explain, Davis at this time had a previous contract with ABC for a special which was going to air three or so weeks after this episode and it stipulated he couldn't appear on his own series during that time so this ep was hosted by Johnny Carson (the other two shows after that were hosted by Sean Connery and Jerry Lewis). Anyway, Carson does a funny monologue about the events of the early part of 1966 before first guest Diahann Carroll sings "What the World Needs Now". Next, Johnny talks with Joan Rivers who kvetches about her recent marriage to Edgar Rosenberg, which gets a little more bizarre and less funny as her story about a party goes on. Followed by a commercial for a medicine product. Then Tony Mottola plays his guitar. From there, magician Don Allen shows some tricks to Rivers and Mickey Rooney. Then another commercial for Almond Joy. After that, Carroll sings, "Jeepers Creepers" and then Rooney and partner Bobby Van do an unfunny sketch about a big game hunter. And then after the commercial for Alka Seltzer, Johnny explains what's coming next week (a "Peter Pan" special starring Mary Martin) and the following two (the aforementioned guest hosts) and that maybe Sammy will return following all that just before the credits roll which reveals the director as Carson's brother Dick. Like I said, some good stuff from Johnny and some from Rivers, entertaining music from Mottola and Carroll, but a pointless sketch from Rooney and Van. Still, a pretty entertaining show that I saw from Mark Evanier's site in a black-and-white kinescope of a color program.

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