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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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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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(1962-1966) | (1980-1992) | (1967-1980)

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When NBC announced that Johnny Carson was joining "The Tonight Show," the press hounded him for interviews. Carson eventually provided the journalists with the following list of answers to use with the questions of their choosing: Yes, I did. Not a bit of truth in that rumor. Only twice in my life, both times on Saturday. I can do either, but prefer the first. NO. Kumquats. I can't answer that question. Toads and tarantulas. Turkestan, Denmark, Chile, and the Komandorskie Islands. As often as possible, but I'm not very good at it yet. I need much more practice. It happened to some old friends of mine, and it's a story I'll never forget. See more »

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[Ed is laughing to himself]
Karnack: [annoyed] Karnack is attempting to divine an answer and you're sitting here, giggling. May I have silence, please?
Ed McMahon: Of course. You've had it many times before.
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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 »

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Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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A Living Legend
2 February 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

As great as Steve Allen and Jack Paar were, Carson took the ball, reshaped it, and sent it in for a shot heard round the world. There is a reason he hosted the show for 30 years, 4 times longer than his 2 predacessors behind him. He was brilliant at making anyone seem interesting. Steve could do it, and so could Jack (though not as well from what I've seen), but Johnny really had a grasp of finding the way to question people to fit their response style. He really was the first true King of Late Night. If others say it's Paar or Allen, then I say Carson became Emporer!

The skits were done cheaply, but they were so much fun, you laughed with them, not at them.

Originally, the Carson's show was 90 minutes, and it was trimmed to 60 in the early 80's since he felt he could not keep the level up like he had in the past, which made the way for David Letterman. Thank You Johnny!


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