Skip to comments.Dean Martin / Johnny Carson 1969 TV
Posted on 03/08/2013 6:08:44 PM PST by virgil283
"Dean Martin on the Tonight Show, May 6 1969.
One of the funniest episodes of late-night TV, a snapshot of the anything goes late 60's and Johnny's favorite episode. Dean Martin makes an unexpected appearance and steals the show from Bob Hope. The underrated George Gobel then shows up (in part 2) and unleashes one of the greatest lines of all time. Dean struggles to find an ashtray to the hilarity of all and Johnny is left valiantly trying to hang on to some kind of order and keep the censors happy."
Pretty incredible stuff, booze, cigarettes, comedian super stars, hot chicks, and Johnny Carson holding on for dear life.
I saw that at the time and it was hilarious.
I saw that when it was first aired.
Incredible is right!! Steve Allen and the equally talented Jack Parr ‘passed the torch’ to the all time number one king of late night, in my opinion anyway, Johnny Carson. Okay FReepers, are any of these newer fellas on late night TV today any where close to being in the same league as my ‘big three’? (I don’t believe I have viewed any of the current hosts more than once or twice in many years).
Nah, I gave up on late night TV once Johnny retired. I made sure to watch his last week on the air and hoped he’d make more appearances later, but he didn’t...another part of American life which will never return.
Who is the young woman on the show?
Oh, Judy Carne from Laugh In
I think it’s Judy Carne (?) of Laugh In fame.
Thought of Johnny Carson today when I realized the freeway exit to my new office is the actual Slauson Cutoff...
Ping to me for later viewing
You believe that? Ever watched the credits at the end of these shows? Notice the names of "writers". What do you think these writers do, write the credits titles?
“Thought of Johnny Carson today when I realized the freeway exit to my new office is the actual Slauson Cutoff...”
So....did you stop and cut off your slauson?
I do think the world is a tuxedo and I’m just a pair of brown shoes.One of the funniest lines besides the japanese never getting past tulsa.George was one of the funniest.What a treasure they all are.
I really don’t like Dean Martin, especially when he acts like a drunk. Having grown up with an alcoholic parent, I don’ find it funny.
TV back when celebs could drink and smoke. Check out the dress on Judy Carne. The 60s were the descent of man but they sure had some great entertainers.
The writers helped to write the monologue and the skits. The guests were entirely on their own. I remember some nights where Johnny had a hard time with some of the guests. Anyway, Johnny would ask guests before the show what they might want to talk about (like George’s AFPA jacket) and he used that to keep the conversation going. It was shown on one of his specials how he put his show together every night. Quite different from today where guests just come on to plug something.
Back when people had a sense of humor and everyone wasn’t so eager to be offended.
Honestly, watched it from start to finish, and didn’t even crack a smile.
Totally unfunny. ol’ Deano acting like a drunk, Johnny egging him on, audience reacting on cue to the “Laugh” and “Applause” signs.
Thanks for the post. Love the old Johnny Carson show. Great stuff. Used to watch it in the 70’s and 80’s as a kid. And I grew up with an alcoholic parent and find Old Deano funny. I know we’re all different, with different thresholds, but I don’t apply my own circumstance to everyone else.
Flash forward 45 years to Russell Brand grabbing his junk and advocating gay rights on Late Noight...
That may well be so, nevertheless viewers tend to underrate the role of writers in television shows and overrate the pretty face, pretty hair stars. What do writers write for game shows, for example? For news shows? Why were teleprompters invented in the first place? Talking heads are really reading heads.
George could be a riot without saying a word. What about his wife Alice? I never saw her but have a clear picture of her in my mind.
1969 was the year of Woodstock yet Johnny Carson definitely played to an older crowd in his late-night TV show.
When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, the whole Dean Martin/Frank Sinatra/Sammy Davis Jr. scene was most uncool. Yet today as I continue to age, I am starting to appreciate a lot of the culture that my father was exposed to back in the 1950s and 1960s - when he was a young man. Consequently, I find it hard to listen to Led Zeppelin - that music now gives me a headache.
"Mad Men" is some sort of TV show and mostly geared towards women, but I like watching it with my wife because you have guys basically coming to work smoking cigarettes, drinking shots of bourbon after scoring a major advertising deal, and having secretaries to do a lot of their work for them (as well as screen their calls). That is something that does not happen these days - even if you are a VP at a major corporation.
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