Johnny Carson


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Ed McMahon on the legacy of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on meeting Johnny Carson
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on working with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Joan Rivers on her relationship with Johnny Carson
Bruce Vilanch on writing "Johnny Carson's Farewell" on The Tonight Show with Bette Midler
Keenen Ivory Wayans on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; his childhood idol- and what it meant for him personally "like stepping into your dream"; on being asked to sit with Johnny after his act
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Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on Jack Paar and Allen prank calling Johnny Carson on The Steve Allen Westinghouse Show
Steve Allen on being in awe of how Johnny Carson stayed at The Tonight Show for thirty years

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on Johnny Carson

George Balzer

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George Balzer on Fred De Cordova and Johnny Carson

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett on producing Johnny Carson's early daytime show

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on his appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as an established comedian

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on performing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Pat Boone on milking a cow in front of Johnny Carson

Al Borden

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Al Borden on working on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on his many appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks on the "Mary's Big Party" episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, guest starring Johnny Carson

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on writing for Johnny Carson on Who Do You Trust?,  and on writing McKeever & the Colonel 

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on his work booking talent for the American Teacher Awards

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on his love of magic, which led him to meeting a young magician named Johnny Carson
Dick Cavett on writing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and his friendship with Carson
Dick Cavett on replacing Joey Bishop in late night and going up against Johnny Carson

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on his relationship with Johnny Carson

Dick Clark

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Dick Clark on producing Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Johnny Carson, and his early years working with Carson

Charles Grodin with Emerson College

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Charles Grodin on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriguez on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Fred de Cordova

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Fred de Cordova on meeting Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on the talents of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on his personal relationship with Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on his daily routine on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson including Johnny Carson's monologue
Fred de Cordova on Johnny Carson's retirement from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Fred de Cordova on Johnny Carson

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on interviewing Johnny Carson

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on working with Johnny Carson

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on the time slot that would become Saturday Night Live's
Dick Ebersol on being summoned with Lorne Michaels to see Johnny Carson 

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on her appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Irving Fein

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Irving Fein on Johnny Carson

June Foray

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June Foray on working on Carson's Cellar

Harry Friedman

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Harry Friedman on Johnny Carson's local television show in Omaha, Nebraska 

Brad Garrett

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Brad Garrett on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on Johnny Carson potentially leaving The Tonight Show

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on returning to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on working with Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on working with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on her favorite awards show hosts

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on the Playhouse 90 episode "Three Men on a Horse," featuring Johnny Carson

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on writing for Johnny Carson on Earn Your Vacation
Seaman Jacobs on Johnny Carson

Al Jean

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Al Jean on writing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on filling in as director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on working with Carson, Ed McMahon, and Doc Severinsen

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on being hired to write for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Buz Kohan

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Buz Kohan on writing for the Academy Awards shows; on Carson hosting the Award show

Peter Lassally

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Peter Lassally on going to work for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Peter Lassally on his personal and professional relationship with Johnny Carson
Peter Lassally on Johnny Carson retiring from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Peter Lassally on appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman's tribute to Johnny Carson

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on The Tonight Show's transition from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on singing "Danny Boy" in Japanese on The Tonight Show

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on being announcer for Who Do You Trust? and on meeting Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on Edward R. Murrow's Person to Person, and on a favorite Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson sketch of his, which spawned a running joke
Ed McMahon on the concept behind the game show Who Do You Trust?, for which he was the announcer and Johnny Carson the host
Ed McMahon on the history of The Tonight Show leading up to Johnny Carson becoming host in 1962
Ed McMahon on his and Johnny Carson's first night on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on October 1, 1962, and on Fred de Cordova eventually taking over as producer
Ed McMahon on his and Johnny Carson's first Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson broadcast, and his "Here's Johnny!" introduction
Ed McMahon on the early set of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Johnny's golf swing, and on filling ninety minutes each night
Ed McMahon on the style and tone of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as opposed to earlier talk show hosts like Jack Paar, and on how Carson's style evolved over the years
Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson theme song, co-written by Paul Anka and Carson
Ed McMahon on his on-screen chemistry with Johnny Carson and Skitch Henderson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on Henderson leaving the show
Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moving from New York City to Burbank, CA in 1972, and on the show later being shortened to an hour
Ed McMahon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson going to one hour in 1980, and on cutting back to three nights a week
Ed McMahon on how his role on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson expanded over the years, and on being considered Carson's "second banana"
Ed McMahon on the Carnac "sis-boom-bah" joke on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on what Carson would do if a joke bombed
Ed McMahon on the famous Ed Ames tomahawk throwing incident on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on Tiny Tim getting married on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on Johnny Carson announcing he was leaving The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on the second-to-last show for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, featuring Bette Midler and Robin Williams
Ed McMahon on his favorite moments of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Ed McMahon on the legacy of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on working with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson  and teaching Carson to play the guitar
Tony Mottola on a photo with Skitch Henderson and Johnny Carson on the set of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on memorable guest stars on Newhart - Johnny Carson
Bob Newhart on his personal and professional relationship with Johnny Carson
Bob Newhart on a photo of him meeting Johnny Carson

Gail Parent

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Gail Parent on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on guest-hosting The Tonight Show

Della Reese

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Della Reese on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on Johnny Carson's move from New York to Los Angeles
Hank Rieger on publicity for The Tonight Show and working with Johnny Carson

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers on her first time appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Joan Rivers on her final appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Joan Rivers on her relationship with Johnny Carson

William Schallert

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William Schallert on working with Johnny Carson

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on NBC's relationship with Bob Hope and Johnny Carson

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on getting discovered as a stand-up comic and getting booked on The Tonight Show
Garry Shandling on getting Johnny Carson on The Garry Shandling Show 25th Anniversary Special
Garry Shandling on his interest in hosting The Tonight Show when Joan Rivers left

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Four Star Revue

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on playing guitar for David Bowie and appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on working with Johnny Carson

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilanch on writing "Johnny Carson's Farewell" on The Tonight Show with Bette Midler

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on his goal to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and on working with Bette Midler at the Continental Baths

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson every night; confirming his decision to become a comedian
Keenen Ivory Wayans on appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; his childhood idol- and what it meant for him personally "like stepping into your dream"; on being asked to sit with Johnny after his act

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Weiskopf on writing for Johnny Carson's local show

Ruth Westheimer

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer on being a guest on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson; on crediting her popularity with college students to David Letterman

Vanna White

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Vanna White on appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on the special quality Johnny Carson brought to The Tonight Show

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on shooting Carson's Cellar with Johnny Carson

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