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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.

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.
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United States

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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.

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English


Episodes

Justine Bateman & Pat Bradford

10/11/2018
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Justine Bateman joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearance, hosting SNL, and her new book Fame: The Hyjacking of Reality. Former Carson talent coordinator Pat Bradford returns to share Tonight Show stories including an amusing one about the song American Pie.

Duration:01:30:13

Ginny Beauregard

10/4/2018
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Ginny Beauregard joins Mark to discuss working as Johnny Carson’s assistant in NY, her nearly forty year friendship with Johnny, and being backstage for Johnny’s final week.

Duration:01:27:04

Neil Patrick Harris

9/27/2018
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Neil Patrick Harris joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearance, spending Thanksgiving with Burt Reynolds, and Steve Martin’s The Great Flydini.

Duration:00:45:58

Kelly Lange

9/20/2018
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Kelly Lange joins Mark to discuss Johnny on air granting Orson Welles’ wish to meet her, interviewing Carson, Doc Severinsen playing trumpet at her dog’s memorial, and becoming the first ever female news anchor at NBC.

Duration:00:58:05

Betty Wesley and Dennis Roof

9/13/2018
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Betty Wesley joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show in NY as assistant to director Dick Carson. Dennis Roof then discusses his job as Tonight Show art director in Burbank.

Duration:01:39:47

Bob Bain

9/6/2018
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Bob Bain tribute episode (1924-2018). Bob Bain joined Mark before his passing to discuss being the guitarist in The Tonight Show band, his friendship with Tommy Newsom, and playing on film and TV scores such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Peter Gunn.

Duration:00:31:50

Donna Schwartz Mills

8/30/2018
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Donna Schwartz Mills joins Mark to discuss being a writers assistant on The Tonight Show, Johnny’s reaction to Buddy Rich passing away, and Ellen DeGeneres’ Tonight Show debut.

Duration:00:48:25

Don Ashworth

8/23/2018
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Don Ashworth joins Mark to discuss playing in The Tonight Show band for Johnny’s entire run, the first 15 minutes of the program in NY with Ed McMahon and Skitch Henderson, and his favorite musical guests.

Duration:00:48:43

Billie Freebairn-Smith

8/16/2018
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Billie Freebairn-Smith joins Mark to discuss working as Fred de Cordova’s assistant, The Tonight Show staff, and having lunch with Johnny post-Tonight Show.

Duration:02:07:53

Marcy Carsey

8/9/2018
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Marcy Carsey joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show, Carson producer John Carsey, talent coordinator Shirley Wood, and the amazing persistence that got her hired as an NBC page.

Duration:00:50:25

Bill Scheft Returns!

8/2/2018
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Bill Scheft returns to discuss Johnny sending in jokes to Letterman, talking to Johnny about writer Nick Arnold, and the backstory of Bill Hicks’ 1993 Letterman appearance being edited out and replaced with Scheft’s standup.

Duration:01:57:19

Anita Gillette

7/26/2018
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Anita Gillette joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, Ethel Merman saving her job on Broadway, and appearing on Ed Sullivan.

Duration:01:02:18

Bill Scheft

7/19/2018
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Bill Scheft joins Mark to discuss Freddie Prinze’s Carson debut, writing for David Letterman, and his relationship with Jay Leno.

Duration:02:03:35

Barry Diller and Rachel Travers

7/12/2018
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Barry Diller and former Carson staff member, Rachel Travers, join Mark. Diller discusses playing in the famous monthly poker game with Johnny as well as launching Joan Rivers late night show on Fox. Travers discusses working as a Tonight Show writers assistant and assembling the Carnac envelopes.

Duration:01:10:11

Charlie Barrett

7/5/2018
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Charlie Barrett joins Mark to discuss working as The Tonight Show publicist, the most visibly nervous guests, why Carl Sagan stopped doing the show, and his friendship with Ed McMahon.

Duration:01:27:47

Wolfgang Puck and Seth Green

6/28/2018
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Wolfgang Puck and actor Seth Green join Mark. Puck discusses how Johnny was directly responsible for his line of frozen pizzas and catering at his Malibu home. Green discusses going on with Johnny in 1987 as well as his Letterman and Conan appearances. Plus an additional story from former Carson writer Gary Murphy.

Duration:01:17:56

Gary Murphy

6/21/2018
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Gary Murphy joins Mark to discuss writing for Johnny Carson, originating the idea for the “Who’s on First?” parody with Johnny as Ronald Reagan, and working on The Merv Griffin Show.

Duration:01:09:18

Robert Morton

6/14/2018
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Robert Morton joins Mark to discuss knowing Johnny, producing Carson’s 1985 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, and executive producing Letterman.

Duration:01:42:34

Elliott Gould

6/7/2018
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Elliott Gould joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, hosting SNL, and working with Robert Altman.

Duration:01:41:27

Liz Torres

5/31/2018
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Liz Torres joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, guest host Burt Reynolds, going on a date with Pat McCormick, and becoming friends with an unknown Bette Midler.

Duration:01:29:07