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Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHAT WAS THE BEST (& LONGEST LASTING) LATE NIGHT SHOW ON TV?

When he started

Almost 30 years later

Without a doubt, it was "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson!!  He kept millions of people laughing from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.  Those of us who are "of a certain age" have a definite advantage over you young punks--we can remember his shows.  For you older people who want to reminisce & laugh & for you younger ones who just want to laugh, I'd like to present some of the better clips from his shows.  It was very difficult to limit my selections!!

One of my favorite skits on his show
was Carnac, the seer:

Some other great Carnac lines:

        "Billy Graham, Virginia Graham, and Lester Maddox" ... "Name two Grahams and a Cracker!"

"Over 105 in Los Angeles" ... "Under the Reagan plan, how old do you have to be to collect Social Security?"

"Camelot" ... "Where do Arabians park their camels?"

        "Gatorade". ... "What does an alligator get on welfare?"

 "Ben-Gay" ... "Why didn't Mrs. Franklin have any kids?"

 "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" ... "How deep is Orson Welles' belly button?"
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"Mr. Coffee" ... "Name the father of Mrs. Olson's illegitimate baby."
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"S. I. Hayakawa!" ... "Describe the sound made by a man getting his zipper caught in a Waring blender."
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"Pass the hat" ... "What does a cannibal do after eating Minnie Pearl?"
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"Dippity-Do!" ... "What forms on your Dippity early in the morning?"
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"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" ... "How do you tell Marcello Mastroianni his doo-dah is open?"
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"McIntosh, Dolly Parton, and the Ford Pinto" ... "Name an apple, a pear (pair) and a lemon!"
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·       "Senta Berger" ... "I ordered a corned beef on rye from the NBC commissary, and guess what they did!"
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"Inky dinky doo" ... "What do sanitation workers have to sweep up after a parade of Inky dinkies?"


The show was sometimes educational.
Ed Ames, who was of Native American descent, 
showed the proper way to throw a tomahawk.
Click here.

Johnny Carson was an amateur magician
& often gave professional magicians the spotlight.
Click here.

He featured many comedians on the show.
Click here
and here.

And when he featured animals,
nothing ever went wrong.
Click here
and here.

To see his almost 1 hour long Friar's Club roast,
click here.


The man had class in addition to humor.  This was his final closing:

    “And so it has come to this: I, uh... am one of the lucky people in the world; I found something I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I want to thank the people who've shared this stage with me for thirty years. Mr. Ed McMahon, Mr. Doc Severinsen, and you people watching. I can only tell you that it has been an honor and a privilege to come into your homes all these years and entertain you. And I hope when I find something that I want to do and I think you would like and come back, that you'll be as gracious in inviting me into your home as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night.

I don't think you need any more laughs today & besides, I couldn't find any good Carson cartoons----fishducky


 











17 comments:

  1. Carson was a scream. He was so quick that you could fill your blog with his one liners.

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    1. Finding funny stuff was easy--stopping was difficult!!

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  2. The Carnac lines are priceless. Thanks for the reminder of all the laughs that show brought to us.

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    1. Those (& the monologue) were always my favorite parts of the show!!

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  3. He was funny, and classy...except for that heavy drinking, womanizing and wife beating thing.

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    1. So the man had three TINY faults--nobody's perfect!!

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    2. Wife-beating is hardly a TINY fault.

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    3. I'd never heard about that--& apparently you're not accustomed to my using sarcasm!!

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  4. He was one of a kind. I use to stay up to watch him before I got a VCR (not be be confused with DVR) which made it possible to go to bed early.

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    1. Unless he had someone or something special on, I would go to sleep right after the monologue--I ALWAYS watched the monologue!!

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  5. Those Carnak lines still make me laugh. Carson was the best.

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    1. They were priceless &, I think, timeless!!

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  6. Oh, Fran! I ended up watching ever one of the links--even the roast! So many people who are either very old now or gone that entertained us so well. I still miss hearing "Here's Johnny!" I've never faithfully watched any other evening talk show. In fact, I haven't watched one at all in a couple decades when I think about it. This was such fun! Thanks! :)

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    1. I guess you could consider me your new Netflix!!

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    2. LOL! I wish I wouldn't get multiple posts at the same time. I like to have them spread out over my days. But google started dong that to me again with your blog for some reason. But that does make you more like Netflix--ROFL! ;)

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  7. I don't know if we ever got the Johnny Carson show here in Australia, I know I never saw it.

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