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.
Robert Smigel and Dana Carvey
Robert Smigel and Dana Carvey discuss their Carson sketches on Saturday Night Live, Carvey’s 5 Johnny appearances, and their thoughts on Carson’s 30-year run.
TV Curator, James Comisar, discusses Carson personally giving him the famous Carnac turban, how he got Carson’s full Tonight Show set, & the amazing TV artifacts in his Comisar Collection.
Gabe Kaplan discusses his 40 appearances on Carson’s Tonight Show, 18 times guest hosting the Tonight Show, how going on Carson led to Welcome Back Kotter, Battle of the Network Stars and Robert Conrad, friendship with Howard Cosell, Bob Hope, & Groucho Marx.
Barry Gibb discusses Carson, Bee Gees, brother Andy, Streisand, McCartney, Dolly, Letterman, Leno, Hope, Burns, & being knighted by Prince Charles.
Tina Sinatra discusses Johnny Carson, her famous father, Don Rickles, Sammy Davis Jr, Suzanne Pleshette, David Janssen, and Dean Martin.
Richard Lewis discusses his Carson appearances, nearly getting banned, an awkward airplane flight involving Carson, going on Letterman’s NBC show, David Brenner’s advice & Larry David.
Great Peek Behind The Curtain
Mark is a member of Generation X, but possesses a passion for show business and the entertainment industry of generations past. An earnest and enthusiastic interviewer, Mark walks into interviews having done his homework (often to the shock and surprise of his guests). The comics have similar stories about auditioning for Jim McCauley and their first shot on Carson, yet I never get tired of hearing them. I became a fan of Peter LaSalley years ago when he appeared on Letterman’s Carson tribute and cheered when I saw Mark had interviewed him. It’s interviews like this and the ones with many staff and crew members that provide the real peek behind the multi-colored curtain into the world of not only Johnny Carson, but nearly every talk show-late night or otherwise-and the television industry in general. I now can watch a classic Carson interview and recognize half the names in the credits. A labor of love for Mark and a real treat for those of us that enjoy the “inside baseball” aspects of show business.
An incredible podcast, Mark! It brightens my day everytime I listen to a new interview. Your research, earnestness, & enthusiasm are remarkable. Thank you so much!
Why we watched Johnny
Mark takes a kindly look at Johnny Carson and his guests. The behind the scene employees reveal history, that is not too salacious. I can’t say enough how much I Love this podcast!