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.
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What a great show ! So many interesting and entertaining guests that rekindle fond memories of this classic talk show . The behind the scenes talk and catching up with these GREAT entertainers are a joy to listen to. THANK YOU !
Good and lousy
I have mixed feelings about this podcast. I enjoy learning more about Johnny Carson who I watched in my youth and young adulthood, and appreciate that he has a podcast dedicated to Johnny. However what’s frustrating is that the host jumps right into questions without even giving us some context of the guest, their background their experience their history, etc. And there doesn’t seem to be any order in terms of chronology, and it jumps from one time period to another haphazardly. He also doesn’t seem to ask basic questions which leave you disappointed. For instance, he recently had Jeff Wald on the show who spent a lot of time with Tiny Tim. While that was interesting, he never asked the question ‘what was tiny Tim really like, who was he, where did he come from?’, etc. You did get a little snippet that he wasn’t a great person but that was it.
I listened to a very early episode and thought maybe this lack of structure was just because he was brand new, but then I’ve listen to some very recent podcast several years later and it’s still the same amateurish presentation. Nevertheless a lot of interesting content.
I love behind the scenes stories of famous shows. So many podcasts just read what can be found online. This podcast is excellent. Interviews with people who were there. I listen very day.