Host Mark Malkoff talks with guests about legendary talk show host Johnny Carson. Guests include stand-up comics who debuted on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, individuals that worked on the show, frequent guests, and top entertainers that were influenced by Carson.
Carson Writers Round Table
Carson writers round table with Tony DeSena, Andrew Nicholls, & Darrell Vickers discussing writing for Johnny Carson. Topics include Carnac bits, favorite jokes Johnny used, a bit that the censors wouldn’t allow, & lunches with Carson in retirement.
John R. Holmes
John R. Holmes discusses working on Carson’s Tonight Show, going to Johnny’s Malibu home, stealing Dave Letterman’s truck, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Brandon Tartikoff, & Dave Letterman.
Vince Calandra discusses being a talent booker on The Ed Sullivan Show, booking The Beatles on Sullivan, standing in for George Harrison during rehearsal, & booking Carson’s 1st public appearance after his May 1992 retirement.
Diahn W. McGrath
Diahn W. McGrath discusses her Carson appearances, being on Get Smart, I Spy, and The Andy Griffith Show, Jean Harlow’s former mansion, Bob Einstein, & Pablo Picaso.
Ray Dewey discusses working as NBC Director of Broadcast Standards, his involvement in Carson’s show, occasional things being bleeped out, Fred de Cordova, and Doc & the band playing a song he wrote.
Deb Roccaforte discusses working on Carson’s NY Tonight Show, booking guests for The Mike Douglas Show, Bette Midler, Paul Williams, Ginger Rogers, Paul Anka, George Carlin, & Albert Brooks.