Type
News/Talk Show
Premiered
Oct. 01, 1962
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

This show was a late-night talk show under the "Tonight Show" franchise from 1962 to 1992.The King, CEO and night watchman of TV comedy, Johnny Carson reigned as Host for nearly 30 years. Every current late-night comedy host learned from him: how to win over audiences, establish a show's pace, charm or confront guests.

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30x120 Show #4531 Aired: May. 22, 1992

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The show had 30 seasons and 1340 episodes air between 1962 and 1992.

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  • This was a rare example of Carson doing his Art Fern 'Tea Time Movie' pitchman character in New York. (Here the sketch is called 'The Big Flick.') The Tea Time Movies were usually reserved…
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    This was a rare example of Carson doing his Art Fern 'Tea Time Movie' pitchman character in New York. (Here the sketch is called 'The Big Flick.') The Tea Time Movies were usually reserved for Tonight Show west coast trips.
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  • This marked the first appearance of 'mentalist' Criswell on the Carson Tonight Show. Carson personally found Criswell hilarious and usually booked him on west coast trips. In fact, most of…
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    This marked the first appearance of 'mentalist' Criswell on the Carson Tonight Show. Carson personally found Criswell hilarious and usually booked him on west coast trips. In fact, most of Criswell's predictions on the show - "Wombats in Weehawken" and "In the future all wars will be fought to music" - were actually written by Carson's gag writers.
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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…
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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."
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