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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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Series cast summary:
Ed McMahon ...  Self - Announcer / ... 6,397 episodes, 1962-1992
Doc Severinsen ...  Self - Bandleader / ... 5,134 episodes, 1967-1992
Johnny Carson ...  Self - Host / ... 4,947 episodes, 1962-1992
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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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

[from his last show - May 22, 1992]
[referring to his family in the audience and the death of Rick, his other son, in a car crash]
Johnny Carson: It would have been a perfect evening if their brother Rick had been here with us, but I guess life does what it's supposed to do and you accept it and go on.
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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

Select comedy sketches from the Tonight Show were taken and placed into syndication into "Carson's Comedy Classics" during the mid 1980's. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lights Out with David Spade: Episode #1.83 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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User Reviews

maybe not the original, but certainly the best
31 July 2003 | by jf2kSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the movie itself but I understand it's an overall view of JC's 30 years on the show. I lived in FLA one year and watched it sometimes during the week. What I saw was funny, smart and bright. I always liked the "monologue" and I wonder who actually started that tradition, or was it JC himself? And the big guy on the settee-McMann? what exactly was his function? I was sorry to see JC finish his run and thought he could have lasted at least another 5-10 years. He was a brilliant host - the best ever. When he paid tribute to his late son, it was very poignant and reserved.

God bless Johnny Carson.


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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 »

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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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