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    Johnny Carson



    I was just reminiscing about the seventies again, and the most profound influences in my life, the music, the education, the family. And... Johnny Carson!

    Of course in the seventies, I was not allowed to stay up past ten on school nights (at least out in the living room where the TV was). But come summer... I was an avid Tonight Show watcher.

    Johnny was like a second dad to me. I was really bummed when they shortened the show from 1.5 hours to 1 in 1980.

    My favorite part of the show was the monologue, I loved Carnac the magnificent and the visits from Jim Fowler (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom) and Joan Embery from the San Diego Zoo.

    Stump the band. I love that one too. The way he chided Tommy Newsom when he substituted for Doc as band leader.

    Share your Tonight Show with Johnny Carson memories.


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    Re: Johnny Carson

    When I wanna remember Johnny Carson, I cheat. I have a 3-DVD set called The Ultimate Collection full of great bits, interviews and the final show. Last year sometime I had some friends over and I popped in one of the DVDs and they loved seeing all the classic comedians and that natural, impromptu wit that happened often on the show. And the animals!! They came over another time and asked to watch another DVD in the set. I'll have to remind them they have one more DVD to see.

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    Re: Johnny Carson

    good ol' Johnny C.

    in addition to Carnac, he would occasionally do some other skits. Art Fern with the buxom Carol Wayne. And his "Aunt Blabby"

    Oh, one of the more memorable episodes was with a lady who was to show Johnny how to repot a plant. It was hilarious! It doesn't sound like much to go on, but Johnny sure turned it into some great entertainment.

    and in those pre-vhs tape days, I used a tape recorder to tape some of his monologues!

    Oh, I didn't know this:

    For its first ten years Carson's Tonight Show was based in New York City with occasional trips to Burbank, California; in May 1972 the show moved permanently to Burbank

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    Re: Johnny Carson

    He truly was a king of late night talk shows. ILioved when he had the animals on, he was a riot. I loved when he was included in the skits, and I loved him and mcman doing what they do best. Nothing today compares to the great johnny Carson!!
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    Re: Johnny Carson

    Kermit the Frog was a guest host on April 2nd, 1979.

    Oh, here is a link to the Muppet appearances on The Tonight Show:


    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Tonight_Show
    Last edited by Aladdin; 04-10-2009 at 08:04 PM.

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    Re: Johnny Carson

    Johnny Carson was the best talk show host EVER.

    I catch myself humming the old Tonight Show theme at times.

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    Re: Johnny Carson

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    Johnny Carson was the best talk show host EVER.

    I catch myself humming the old Tonight Show theme at times.

    I whistle that theme constantly. That show was late night. Johnny's Tonight Show will always be the best.

    Leno's version, just a pale shadow.
    "The old man's gonna knock on the sky. Listen to the sound."

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    Re: Johnny Carson

    I love Johnny Carson! Carnac was hilarious. My favorite was when he had Dolly Parton on. Classic.




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