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.
Joe Drago discusses working on Carson’s Tonight Show, Johnny’s famous cigarette box and lighter being stolen, Ed McMahon, Peter Lassally, John Denver, & Fred de Cordova.
Cheryl Ladd discusses going on Carson, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Gene Kelly, guesting on The Muppet Show, Gregory Peck, & Battle of the Network Stars.
Shelley Herman discusses being an NBC page in Burbank, Carson’s Tonight Show, Freddie Prinze, Jimmy Stewart, Redd Foxx, Janet Leigh, Andy Kaufman, & Buddy Hackett.
Michael Klein discusses being an NBC Burbank exec, his Carson encounters, Frank Sinatra going on Carson in 1976, Muhammad Ali, Lucille Ball, Redd Foxx, Don Rickles, Joe Namath, Nell Carter, Fred Silverman, Gary Coleman, & Brandon Tartikoff.
Woody Woodbury discusses following Carson as host of “Who Do You Trust?”, his friendship with Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, being in the Marines with Ted Williams, Jerry Lewis, & Steve Allen.
Fred Kayne discusses his 16 years as Carson’s stock broker, playing tennis with Carson, Don Rickles, John DeLorean, & his wife’s memorable visit to Carson’s home.
Amazing Behind the Carson Curtain - Thanks Joe Drago
Great and interesting stories. So impressed with your recall. Totally engaging. Mark you never fail to keep bringing us fabulous interviews. Great questions and ability to let the guests be the star - Just like Johnny. Thanks so much. Look forward every week.
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My Guilty Pleasure - Old Shiwbiz
I just missed the Carson era. I was seven when he had his last show. I vaguely remember the buzz around the event but was too young to understand what was going on. My parents would talk about Johnny Carson’s show with fondness and glee, like they were talking about a relative. Though I had never consciously watched him, his legend loomed large. Later, I would stay up late to watch the infomercials about his show. His style, his wit, his charm, it was a version of show business long gone that I wanted to experience. I actually got depressed that I missed it. I’ve read every Carson book and loved the PBS Doc. So when I found this podcast, it was like a dream come true. I finally got a small taste of what I was too young to experience, what it was like when Johnny Carson was in the and the king of late night.
Mark is a great host and interviewer and his guests are a who’s who of show business now and then with incredible stories about Johnny, the show, and their careers. If your an old Hollywood nerd like me, you’ll devour this podcast.