275 episodes

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.

The Carson Podcast ShowBriz Studios

    • Comedy
    • 4.7, 914 Ratings

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.

    Carl Reiner Returns Again

    Carl Reiner Returns Again

    Carl Reiner returns for a 3rd appearance sharing stories about Johnny Carson, Ernie Kovacs, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, & takes listener questions.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Wil Shriner

    Wil Shriner

    Wil Shriner discusses his Carson appearances, Fred de Cordova, being on Letterman’s morning show 26 times, Joan Rivers, John Denver, & Debbie Reynolds.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Nick Bernstein Returns and Brian Gersten

    Nick Bernstein Returns and Brian Gersten

    Nick Bernstein, CBS VP of late night west, returns to the podcast. Director Brian Gersten discusses Carson’s involvement in his documentary “The Great Toilet Paper Scare”.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Gina Hemphill-Strachan

    Gina Hemphill-Strachan

    Gina Hemphill-Strachan discusses working on The Tonight Show, meeting guests  including Letterman and Bette Midler, & being the granddaughter of Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Nick Bernstein

    Nick Bernstein

    Nick Bernstein discusses his 11 years at NBC working for Rick Ludwin, Rick’s relationship with Carson, and Rick’s involvement with Leno, Conan, & SNL.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Bill Carter Returns Again

    Bill Carter Returns Again

    Bill Carter in his 3rd episode discusses Carson’s advice to Lorne Michaels & Dick Ebersol, Carson phoning Conan, & NBC agonizing over picking Leno or Letterman.

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
914 Ratings

914 Ratings

Drifty Driftwood ,

Keeping me sane

I am really enjoying this podcast. I have been kind of skipping around, and I'm finding I'm particularly enjoying the episodes that are not so much about The Tonight Show and more about the passions and heartbreaks of having a career in show business. I loved the episodes with Anita Gillette, Mimi Kennedy and John Davidson, where they talk about their memories of Johnny Carrson but so much more.

drphilrocks ,

Michael Barrie Returns

Yes, I am bingeing. Love this podcast. Thank you Mark! Please don’t let anyone pretend to be someone else like with this episode. It lacks warmth, emotion, believability or respect for the memory of Johnny. Sorry to be negative, but just horrible. Otherwise, it has all been great.

Bombastic Bushkin ,

Ad Libs

Still bothered by the statement made by a writer you interviewed a while ago who said that Johnny's ad libs were all written for him. I find this hard to believe. They seem to be very spontaneous and appropriate in the context of the conversation. Mark, do you believe this to be true? The writer intimated Johnny's supposed quick wit was attributable solely to the writers.

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