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Documentary reveals a different side of late night king Johnny Carson
Foxnews.com ^ | May 07, 2012 | By Hollie McKay

Posted on 05/07/2012 8:48:37 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Carson taking over “The Tonight Show” stage from Jack Paar. It is also the 20th anniversary of Carson’s retirement. But how much do most people really know about the television legend away from the lights and cameras?

In a new documentary, “American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” filmmakers Peter Jones and Susan Lacy peel back the many layers of the comedian’s life and career, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the man who won the collective heart of a nation.

“The gift Johnny had was that he just had a magical way of connecting with the audience in a way no one had done before, or has done since,” Jones told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “He was able to connect with everyone -- from young and old -- while maintaining his own sense of self. He was the most famous man in America, and yet we really didn’t know who he was.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Iowa; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: anniversary; carson; documentary; heresjohnny; hollywood; latenight
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I miss Johnny. ;-(!
1 posted on 05/07/2012 8:48:44 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Johnny had class.

In private, he was always called John and was very shy and withdrawn. Although, a friend of mine once temped as his secretary and she loved him.


2 posted on 05/07/2012 8:52:35 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: US Navy Vet

Alwyas got a big laugh from Johnny.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 8:52:35 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (I'm supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine)
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To: US Navy Vet

Alwyas got a big laugh from Johnny.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 8:52:35 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (I'm supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine)
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To: US Navy Vet

I do, too.


5 posted on 05/07/2012 8:52:35 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: US Navy Vet
Always got a big laugh from Johnny.
6 posted on 05/07/2012 8:53:01 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (I'm supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine)
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To: THE_RAIDER
Alwyas got a big laugh from Johnny.

How big was it?

7 posted on 05/07/2012 8:54:45 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I heard Osama was unarmed and carrying a bag of "Skillets candy" when Obama shot him.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Jonny Carson was one of the FEW people who could make my dad laugh(He liked Carol Burnett also).


8 posted on 05/07/2012 8:55:47 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I think we can figure out which side of the aisle he was on. But unlike these make believe Carson’s that we see now he didn’t show it off.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 8:56:03 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: US Navy Vet

please tell me they aren’t trashing Johnny.


10 posted on 05/07/2012 8:56:57 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Chen Guangcheng: Gutsy call, Obama /UltraMegaDrippingSarc)
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To: NonValueAdded

From the article it doesn’t look like it.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 8:58:41 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

And he was a true comedic genius, he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for that.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 8:58:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: US Navy Vet

It was known during his popularity that he lived a life that mirrored his on-screen personality. But it was this public personality we all loved and embraced.

I’ve acquired a number of YouTube videos of vignettes from his shows. They’re a great reminder of how good television can be when done right, by people with talent.


13 posted on 05/07/2012 8:59:10 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: US Navy Vet

One of my favorite Johnny Carson moments:

Johnny barging in on the live taping of CPO Sharkey to confront Don Rickles over a broken cigar box.

Classic!


14 posted on 05/07/2012 8:59:21 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Jeff Chandler
It was so big that it couldn't even hide in Dolly Parton’s bra.

( using one of Johnny's favorite subjects )

15 posted on 05/07/2012 9:01:43 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: THE_RAIDER

My favorite was when he did Walter Cronkite when he left CBS....”For God’s sake, knock off that tickety-tickety....nineteen years of tickety-tickety...”


16 posted on 05/07/2012 9:02:05 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: NonValueAdded

In reading the article, the person doing the documentary tried to get Carson to agree to it for years before his death. Carson never did agree. He’s now working with Carson’s nephew (who manages Carson’s archives), because the family doesn’t want him to be forgotten.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 9:03:26 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: US Navy Vet

Pure CLASS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_carson


18 posted on 05/07/2012 9:04:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ll never forget the night Ed Ames threw the tomahawk at the human outline on the sheet of plywood!


19 posted on 05/07/2012 9:05:17 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

He was much funnier than anyone on TV or in movies now. I also miss him. A true comedic genius. Loved the surprise on Julio Iglesias’ face when Johnny came on stage as Willie Nelson for “All the Girls I Loved Before”. Johnny actually sang that as well as old Willie.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 9:05:45 AM PDT by TStro
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To: US Navy Vet

what kind of mean mom would say he is not funny


21 posted on 05/07/2012 9:07:55 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: US Navy Vet
What I liked about him was he didn't take himself too seriously, and struck me as the kind of a guy you would feel comfortable having a beer with. My favorite "Carnac" moment:

CARNAC (Holding the envelope to his forehead): "Sis, Boom, Bah."

ED McMAHON (Reading the question): "What does it sound like when a sheep explodes?"

22 posted on 05/07/2012 9:09:55 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: US Navy Vet

Carson was an outstanding entertainer and always displayed class with a sense oh humor. He had a right to his privacy and, in my mind, still does. What purpose does a psychological profile being televised at this point serve. He wasn’t a leader of a nation, church or ideology. Leave us our memories of his public side and spare us the trashing that usually comes with these documentaries.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 9:10:32 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: US Navy Vet

What sets Carson apart from the rest was his ability to conduct both a serious or a comedic interview. And he was good at both.

Since Carson, the networks have chosen only professional clowns to do late-night. They don’t have anyone who can mix it up a bit. Leno can’t. Letterman can’t. Don Imus does both types of interviews, but sucks at both.


24 posted on 05/07/2012 9:14:44 AM PDT by kidd
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To: bcsco; US Navy Vet

Thanks. I was worried. Glad this was not a continued assault on our memories.


25 posted on 05/07/2012 9:15:53 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Chen Guangcheng: Gutsy call, Obama /UltraMegaDrippingSarc)
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To: kidd

Say what you will about the guy, but Howard Stern is one of the best interviewers out there.


26 posted on 05/07/2012 9:17:01 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Redleg Duke

I, too, remember watching the show that night. Absolutely hysterical. Time sure does fly!


27 posted on 05/07/2012 9:19:32 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: US Navy Vet

Johnny as a political candidate giving a speech while hooked up to a polygraph is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on TV.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT by Freestate316
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To: yldstrk
what kind of mean mom would say he is not funny

One who was extremely jealous of his success. Johnny Carson was the kind of person that everyone loved and welcomed into their homes via the Tonight Show. There are a lot of Hollywood mothers who push their children into show business to live vicariously through them. Strangely, it's a double edged sword because when the children do attain success and popularity, the Mother's animus toward the child appears.

29 posted on 05/07/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

“Johnny barging in on the live taping of CPO Sharkey to confront Don Rickles over a broken cigar box.”

Yes!

That is the only time I ever saw Rickles without a snappy comeback! He just stood there with his mouth open. I bet nobody else ever made that happen!


30 posted on 05/07/2012 9:21:15 AM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: GreenHornet
CARNAC (Holding the envelope to his forehead): "Dippity Doo."

CARNAC (Reading the question): "What forms on your dippity in the morning?"

31 posted on 05/07/2012 9:21:45 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: GreenHornet
What I liked about him was he didn't take himself too seriously, and struck me as the kind of a guy you would feel comfortable having a beer with.

I always thought he was at his funniest when he reacted to jokes in his monologue that didn't go over well. His ad-libbed comebacks were simply the best.

32 posted on 05/07/2012 9:22:33 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Nik Naym

Everytime Rodney Dangerfield came on, I would miss half of the jokes because I’d still be laughing at the previous one.


33 posted on 05/07/2012 9:22:36 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: NonValueAdded
please tell me they aren’t trashing Johnny.

Doesn't appear to be. It appears to be an attempt at an honest appreciation of Carson. It may displease both his admirers and his critics (whomever they may be and however misguided).

Bill Katz was a producer on the Tonight show and is an occasional contributor to Powerlineblog.com . He worked with Carson for over twenty years and is a big admirer of Carson both personally and professionally. Katz' remininscenecs (Parts I - IV) can be found at:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/06/017661.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/06/017710.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/10/018823.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/12/025263.php

34 posted on 05/07/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Rush: If Ward Churchill had a daughter, she’d look like Elizabeth Warren.)
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And he was a true comedic genius, he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for that.

Hs timing was so perfect you'd have thought he invented it.

35 posted on 05/07/2012 9:23:20 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: NonValueAdded

I’m sure the gay community will say he was secretly gay.


36 posted on 05/07/2012 9:24:04 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/06/017661.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/06/017710.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2007/10/018823.php

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/12/025263.php


37 posted on 05/07/2012 9:24:04 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Rush: If Ward Churchill had a daughter, she’d look like Elizabeth Warren.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I saw that CPO Sharkey invasion either in first run or a best of. Fabulous. One of the few times that Rickles was speechless.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 9:24:39 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Redleg Duke

I’ll never forget the night Ed Ames threw the tomahawk....Johnny looked truly...pained... through his hilarious fit. I almost peed my 14 yr. old pants.


39 posted on 05/07/2012 9:24:39 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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To: US Navy Vet

A: Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.
Q: What’s the best thing to do if you swallow a hand grenade?


40 posted on 05/07/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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To: US Navy Vet
I remember him from his first foray into television, and the first time I ever saw a TV set. It was when he hosted the game show “Who Do You Trust” from 1957-1963. Watched him all through the years to his final Tonight Show broadcast.
41 posted on 05/07/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Safetgiver

“Got a prison record...we don’t care....don’t have a job...we don’t care...you don’t intend to pay us....THAT’S when we care!”


42 posted on 05/07/2012 9:27:27 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I love that! I’m an admin myself and you really do get to see the other side of people.


43 posted on 05/07/2012 9:29:16 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: US Navy Vet

I grew up watching Johnny Carson.He was like a member of my family.When I heard he passed away I knew there would never be another like him. Leno,letterman,etc are lame compared to Johnny.My favorite skit was with jack Webb(another classy guy),the copper clapper caper.


44 posted on 05/07/2012 9:29:17 AM PDT by ohiobushman
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To: US Navy Vet

He was also a class act.

I remember one story in particular. He had returned home to Nebraska and went to visit his penmanship teacher-she was 100 years old and he wrote her a check for $10,000.


45 posted on 05/07/2012 9:31:44 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: dfwgator

Haven’t listened to him since he and Imus were on the same station.


46 posted on 05/07/2012 9:32:12 AM PDT by kidd
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To: midnightcat

I once temped for Tom Brokaw during the Jane Pauley days at The Today Show. Not only was he really nice but so was the entire group - including the director and producer. I should never have given up that gig!


47 posted on 05/07/2012 9:41:18 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: US Navy Vet

I liked Johnny Carson immensely, like extended family however he was not without his failings, as entertainer Wayne Newton will tell you.

Bad blood between those two, believe it.

And Wayne was walking with the angels in that dispute, IMHO.


48 posted on 05/07/2012 9:47:58 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Heh. It was a cigarette box.
49 posted on 05/07/2012 9:48:44 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: US Navy Vet

Me too. None of the current crop of late night ‘comedians’ even comes close.


50 posted on 05/07/2012 9:52:30 AM PDT by iceskater (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me. (h/t N.Theknow))
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