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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ed McMahon ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 6,395 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Himself - Bandleader / ... 5,136 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Himself - Host / ... 4,946 episodes, 1962-1992
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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Genres:

Comedy | Talk-Show

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Official Sites:

Carson Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best of Carson See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1962-1966) | (1980-1992) | (1967-1980)

Sound Mix:

Mono (1962-1984)| Stereo (1984-1992)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Wayne Newton told Larry King in a recent interview that Johnny Carson used to make fun of him on the Tonight Show; slamming his manhood and his sexuality. At a certain point Newton had enough and went down to Carson's office to confront him: "I went to NBC, Burbank, and walked down the halls into his office, and Freddy de Cordova, his producer, was in the office with him. And I walked in, unannounced, I said to Freddy, I said, would you excuse us, please? He was so shocked that he did get up and leave," he recounted. "And I said to Mr. Carson, I said, 'I don't know what friend of yours I've killed, I don't know what child of yours I've hurt, I don't know what food I've taken out of your mouth, but these jokes about me will stop and they'll stop now or I will kick your ___'." When Larry King pressed Wayne Newton as to why Carson was making those jokes about him; he said the following: "I'm going to say something I've never said on television, Mr. King," Wayne began, "Johnny Carson was a mean-spirited human being. And there are people that he has hurt that people will never know about. And for some reason at some point, he decided to turn that kind of negative attention toward me. And I refused to have it." See more »

Quotes

[Ed is laughing to himself]
Karnack: [annoyed] Karnack is attempting to divine an answer and you're sitting here, giggling. May I have silence, please?
Ed McMahon: Of course. You've had it many times before.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A number of 90-minute episodes from the 1970s were reedited to fit 60-minute timeslots for rerun purposes. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Critic: Sherman, Woman and Child (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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A stellar moment in the history of comedy.
12 February 2001 | by fullerps2000See all my reviews

The funniest line in the history of television was on this show. Johnny was interviewing Dolly Parton. They were discussing her healthy bustline. Out of the blue Johnny said "I'd give about a years salary to peek under there".


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