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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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To: US Navy Vet

Johnny Carson learned his timing and brand of humor from Jack Benny. They were good friends over the years. You can google that. Here’s a classic piece from 1955 with the two of them, when Johnny had been in show business only two years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUd1-_91YTk


51 posted on 05/07/2012 10:00:45 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: US Navy Vet

“You drive to the Slauson Cutoff, get out of your car, cut off your Slauson.....”


52 posted on 05/07/2012 10:05:03 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: US Navy Vet
Jonny Carson was one of the FEW people who could make my dad laugh

Heh. Same here. Dad never watched anything except Carson -- till Benny Hill came along.

53 posted on 05/07/2012 10:05:14 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Answer: "Yabba Dabba Doo"

Question: "What do hunters look for when tracking a Yabba Dabba?"

54 posted on 05/07/2012 10:15:42 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Nea Wood
Carnac (with envelope to forehead):

"Emissaries, dignitaries, luminaries, janissaries, and dromedaries."

Ed (reading contents):

"Describe a Middle East peace conference."

(OK, it's one I wish they'd done.)

55 posted on 05/07/2012 10:26:08 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: US Navy Vet
He always brought out the best in every guest.

He never interrupted.

He never mocked or belittled ANYone.

He wasn't political.

He had a sexuality that made women swoon.

He had GREAT timing.

He loved discovering new comedians.

He was never threatened or jealous of up and coming talent.

He did a HUGE number of charity appearances.

56 posted on 05/07/2012 10:26:47 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: ohiobushman

In the 1960s I delivered the newspaper for 3 years. We were told to deliver the news until a customer called and officially canceled the paper. Jack Webb paid me once. It was only $1.65 a month.

On the other hand, a good friend of mine worked on Johnny Carson’s house in Malibu after he retired. Johnny would often come out and just chat with my friend. He let them take pictures with him and my friend’s wife that they proudly displayed.

Half the people that I know are in the entertainment industry and Johnny Carson was a class act.

While we are on this subject, may I ask for your prayers for Lyle Wagner. He has cancer and this is one of the greatest men I have ever known. Hope I don’t get in trouble for posting this, but Lyle meant a great deal to my family.


57 posted on 05/07/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT by Haddit
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To: US Navy Vet
Went to see the Tonight Show taping years back.

Johnny comes out, does his Monologue and announces a new Sponsor, “Curtis Mathis”. He completely flubs the name a few times, finally corrects himself and then they go to Commercial.

He stands there for a few seconds, looks over at Ed McMahon and says, “Oh shit, so much for that Sponsor”. The audience howled in laughter and Johnny just stood there shaking his head in embarrassment. He always came off as genuine, and for some reason that moment proved it to many people there.

58 posted on 05/07/2012 10:47:05 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I never went to bed without at least catching Johnny’s monologue.

In the late 70’s my friend’s sister and her husband lived out in Beverly Hills and their best friends were Johnny Carson, Gene Wilder and Gene Hackman. She spent time out there every year on vacation and she said Johnny Carson was very quiet and introverted and he just wanted to play tennis everyday. Her sister had a great court so he was over there almost every day in his tennis outfit.


59 posted on 05/07/2012 10:51:30 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Deb
“He loved discovering new comedians.”

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For the undiscovered, they were just supposed to do their act, and then exit stage left.

In was considered a major coup, if they could get Johnny to laugh. You could always hear the distinctive JC laugh in the background. Better yet, was to score such a success that Johnny would invite you over to the couch for a brief chat.

60 posted on 05/07/2012 10:55:16 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: Repealthe17thAmendment

Occasionally, when he was really bombing, the band would start playing and he would do a soft shoe routine as a last resort. Cracked me up every time.


61 posted on 05/07/2012 10:55:56 AM PDT by drew
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To: EyeGuy

Yep. Just about every famous comedian working today including Dave Letterman, Jay Leno, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Paul Reiser, Robin Williams, Ellen, Jerry Seinfeld and on and on, got “called over” to the couch. Some were told they could stay there for the rest of show. Show biz heaven.


62 posted on 05/07/2012 11:07:20 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
gay.
I'm sure his 4(?) wives would question that. :-\
your right; liberal queers are prone to stating that accusation.

63 posted on 05/07/2012 11:07:36 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...old Brazilian saying: "$@me $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

thanks for those memories :)


64 posted on 05/07/2012 11:13:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Chen Guangcheng: Gutsy call, Obama /UltraMegaDrippingSarc)
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To: TStro

Just beyond talented:

Johnny Carson & Julio Iglesias - “To All the Girl’s I’ve Loved Before” on “The Tonight Show” - 1984
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l61kKhbAHeo


65 posted on 05/07/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT by donna (Mitt? NEVER!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
My favorite was when he was interviewing Arnold Palmer's wife and asked her if she did anything special before a tournament.

She replied, "I kiss his balls".

Carson responded, "I'll bet that makes his putter stand on end".

66 posted on 05/07/2012 11:45:15 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: US Navy Vet
I just have to say...Chicken McNuggets!


67 posted on 05/07/2012 11:48:51 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: kidd; US Navy Vet
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.

In addition, unlike these others, Carson was never ideological, petty or just plain mean.

68 posted on 05/07/2012 11:59:14 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: ohiobushman

Carson was great. One thing that saddened me was when he announced the older shows were lost because NBC reused the tapes.


69 posted on 05/07/2012 12:04:13 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Robert DeLong; Le Chien Rouge

Without looking it up, I believe the line was something like “I’ll bet that straightens out his putts(putz)”


70 posted on 05/07/2012 12:04:27 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: US Navy Vet
Perhaps the most poignant aspect of the documentary is the exploration into Carson’s painful relationship with his mother. While at his peak Carson commanded a nightly audience of 15 million viewers, double that of Leno and Letterman combined, he could never get the approval that he longed for from his mom, who never thought her son was funny enough, good enough, successful enough.

Such codswallop. This is the standard dime-store psychiatric analysis of just about every notable person in the world. "He never got the approval of [either or both parents], which caused him to [whatever]." No way to disprove such an assertion, but little reason to believe it, either.

71 posted on 05/07/2012 12:24:24 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: tarheelswamprat

Supposedly, the whole story is bogus. It never happened. Guess I heard that somewhere and fell for it. Still makes for a great story.


72 posted on 05/07/2012 12:24:24 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: US Navy Vet
Thanks for posting, I am anxious to see the documentary next week. We were great fans of Johnny and miss him terribly. He was smart, funny and had a lot of class. As with many of his generation there is no one today like him. He was one of a kind.

I am very grateful that I still was able to see many of the great ones while growing up in the 60's and 70's. Young people today are exposed to so little talent and have no clue as to what they have missed.

73 posted on 05/07/2012 12:43:03 PM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: Robert DeLong
LOL! That's the one I was going to post!

Great minds and such...!

74 posted on 05/07/2012 12:59:20 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I like how Johnny vanished off the radar after he retired....not one of those performers who feels the need to be “on.”


75 posted on 05/07/2012 1:04:22 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Redleg Duke
I’ll never forget the night Ed Ames threw the tomahawk at the human outline on the sheet of plywood!

LOL..

IIRC they claimed that was the longest sustained laughter ever on the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeN0QkZmmY

76 posted on 05/07/2012 1:44:09 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Vinnie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGeN0QkZmmY

Johnny Carson & Ed Ames


77 posted on 05/07/2012 1:49:00 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

I know for a fact that the story has been around a lot longer than the internet. I have been telling it for years, decades even. Probably will continue to do so since it is such a great story. LOL


78 posted on 05/07/2012 2:28:18 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: nicksaunt
One of my all time favorite "Tonight Show" moments...

Jimmy Stewart and Johnny Carson

79 posted on 05/07/2012 2:33:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Redleg Duke

80 posted on 05/07/2012 2:33:45 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Redleg Duke

Johnny Carson seeing the misplaced throw commented, “I didn’t even know you were Jewish” and followed that quip with “Welcome to Frontier Bris!”


81 posted on 05/07/2012 2:35:00 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: US Navy Vet

I miss Jack Paar, too.


82 posted on 05/07/2012 2:36:45 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: southernnorthcarolina

“The wrong kid died!”

“I should have been a better father to you, Dewey. I wish I spent more time playing catch with you and less time training my body and mind to kill you in a machete fight. You be a better father than I was, Dewey.”

From Walk Hard


83 posted on 05/07/2012 2:54:54 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: allmendream
From Walk Hard

Very, very underrated movie.

84 posted on 05/07/2012 2:58:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

First thing I thought of when the poster made the comment about any biopic seeking out any conflict with a parent and attempting to magnify it, was “Walk the Line’.

Conflict IS the source of drama - but it can get a little out there - thus my SECOND thought was of “Walk Hard” and the haunting phrase “the wrong kid died!”.

The line about training his body and mind made me laugh so hard it hurt!


85 posted on 05/07/2012 3:17:22 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Beautiful. I have not seen that clip in years. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for posting.


86 posted on 05/07/2012 7:02:34 PM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: Nea Wood
CARNAC (Holding the envelope to his forehead): "Dippity Doo."

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

LOL....I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that that was written by Pat McCormick.

87 posted on 05/08/2012 2:32:03 PM PDT by eddie willers
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