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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  • Around 10 A.M. every morning before a show, Johnny Carson would call producer Frederick De Cordova and chat for a few minutes about what guests were to appear on the show that night and…
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    Around 10 A.M. every morning before a show, Johnny Carson would call producer Frederick De Cordova and chat for a few minutes about what guests were to appear on the show that night and discuss a sketch rehearsal, if necessary. The telephone conversation would last about ten minutes, and it was the only contact Carson and De Cordova had before each show.
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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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  • After The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moved from New York to California in May 1972, Johnny Carson took Monday nights off and the show was hosted by a guest performer. Until Joan…
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    After The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson moved from New York to California in May 1972, Johnny Carson took Monday nights off and the show was hosted by a guest performer. Until Joan Rivers became permanent guest host in September 1983, the most frequent of "guest hosts" were: 'Joey Bishop' (177 times), Joan Rivers (93 times), Bob Newhart (87 times), John Davidson (87 times), David Brenner (70 times), McLean Stevenson (58 times), Jerry Lewis (52 times), and David Letterman (51 times). After Joan Rivers left in 1986, the show used various guest hosts, with Jay Leno the most frequent. Leno became the exclusive guest host in fall 1987, a position he held for the rest of Carson's reign.
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