The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Episode dated 14 August 1981 (14 Aug. 1981)

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Betty White, in her first TV appearance after the death of her husband Allen Ludden some two months earlier, appears as herself and as Jane to Carson's Tarzan (Tommy Newsom has a walk-on as... See full summary »

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Betty White, in her first TV appearance after the death of her husband Allen Ludden some two months earlier, appears as herself and as Jane to Carson's Tarzan (Tommy Newsom has a walk-on as Boy) in a comedy sketch directly parodying Bo Derek's version of "Tarzan" (1981) which had just been released and was considered one of the worst movies of all time. Written by Anonymous

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According to the tell-all book 'King of the Night', Carson's son, who was acting as a stage manager for this show, hated the feature sketch, showing his dad as an old Tarzan "with a wig that looked like a vacuum cleaner bag had been dumped on his head." During rehearsals, the son said: "You're my father and now I can't even look at you." Carson replied: "Son, the reason your father has to dress up like this is so you can sit under a tree and play your guitar." See more »

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Jane: Tarzan! You're late!
Tarzan: Not Tarzan's fault! Vine controllers' strike!
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