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.
Rob Newman discusses working on the Oscars when Carson hosted, hiring Ed McMahon, Richard Pryor, Natalie Wood, Samuel Goldwyn, Kim Novak, & John Wayne.
Irving Davis Returns
Irving Davis returns to discuss working on Carson’s Tonight Show, pulling the rainbow curtain open for Carson, Freddie Prinze, & Joan Rivers’ kindness.
Mark Simone discusses having lunch with Carson and the advice he got, his radio show with Steve Allen, Carson’s NY Tonight Show era, working with Tom Snyder, Joan Rivers, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, & Jack Paar.
Rick Scheckman (better known as “Shecky”) discusses his 30 plus years at Letterman on NBC & CBS, Carson performing a routine at a staff dinner, & Carson’s cameo in NY in 1991.
Dan Pasternack discusses his friend Jonathan Winters’ new 3 LP box set “Jonathan Winters: Unearthed”, meeting Carson, Fred de Cordova, Bob Hope, & his new audio documentary “OCD: Unearthing Jonathan Winters”.
Renn Woods discusses her Carson appearances, being in “Roots” as Fanta, her role in “The Jerk” with Steve Martin, touring with Bob Hope in Vietnam, opening up for Sammy Davis Jr., appearing in “Car Wash”, Jane Fonda’s kindness on “9 to 5”, & appearing in the film “Hair” in 1979.
Well he was one of the most interesting contributors yet. Please have him on again.
I only recently discovered this podcast, even though it has been on for many years. That was my loss. The show is terrific. I've combined listening to new episodes and going back to older ones. The guests all have fascinating stories to tell about Johnny Carson, and occasionally Letterman, Jack Paar and others. The host is an expert in all of these subjects and does a great job asking questions that bring out the most interesting stories. Many of the guests themselves hold important places in the history of television and other forms of entertainment. This podcast is priceless.
Carson Late Night King
I’ve listened to every episode , several multiple times, i enjoy the history and insight on the best late night show and host, Kudos Mark for interviewing these icons in TV , this podcast will live on forever !!