Tag: Johnny Carson

  • Mr. President
    Mr. President

    When the Fox network launched its weekend evening schedule in 1986, it somehow managed to begin with some shows that would last forever, or ones that spawned other shows that did much better. Married … With Children was a staple of the network for years, The Tracey Ullman Show launched careers and other shows, and…

  • Grodin On Carson
    Grodin On Carson

    This is how Charles Grodin approached most of his interviews on late night talk shows. But I think this is one of the best. He really brings out the genius of Johnny here too. Here’s another visit he had with Letterman. With thanks to Jonathan Sloman.

  • Ghostbusters Tonight
    Ghostbusters Tonight

    The official Johnny Carson channel recently put this video up. It marks the first appearance of Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray on The Tonight Show, and it’s good watching. I love Dan’s staccato way of talking, and when Bill comes on being all laconic, it’s a lovely contrast. Johnny is a well-known skeptic, so his…

  • Don’t Leave Steve
    Don’t Leave Steve

    I love this moment from the 21st November 1978 edition of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Steve Martin is great, and Johnny’s reaction is priceless. I assume the movie he mentions they are filming is The Jerk. But did you know there was a made for TV sequel called The Jerk Too?

  • Davis Rules
    Davis Rules

    Here’s another great segment from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, again with Johnathan Winters, this time joining the couch with his erstwhile co-star Robin Williams. Davis Rules was a sitcom created by Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela. It ran for two seasons, the first on ABC and the second on CBS. Here’s the…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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