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'Johnny Carson: King of Late Night' takes in-depth look [PBS "Carson's Cellar" Airs 5/14]
LATimes ^ | May 13, 2012 | Greg Braxton

Posted on 05/13/2012 5:19:39 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay

A PBS 'American Masters' documentary investigates the mystique of the elusive 'Tonight Show' host, 20 years after he left TV.

Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer all made their best pitch but were turned down. Johnny Carson, the man who changed forever the world of late-night talk, wasn't talking.

The network news powerhouses had separately attempted to secure interviews with Carson to get him to speak about his life and his place as one of the most influential figures in TV history. But from his 1992 retirement after 30 years on"The Tonight Show"until his death in 2005 at age 79, Carson steadfastly refused to cooperate with almost all interviews,

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carsonscellar; johnnycarson; pbs; tonightshow
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To: jimfree
The last one was amazing as he just sat alone on stage.

Nothing beats this, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9i6A6LGwa4

21 posted on 05/13/2012 8:19:35 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Satisfied Customer™ #18!)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

I had forgotten about that...thanks for posting it! I’m very glad to have experienced many years of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. A piece of Americana!

There was a time when David Letterman was funny, and I think Carson saw it. But unlike Carson, Letterman didn’t have the class or self-control to keep his personal views out of his work, and he devolved into the unfunny, angry leftist he is today. I haven’t watched him in almost twenty years.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 8:40:53 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: fight_truth_decay

My favorite Carson memory three of us 10 year old kids having a sleepover and deciding it was time to crash. The second before he tv went off Johnny announced his next guess was Rachel Welsh. “Click”, the TV went of and the room was pitch black. A couple of seconds went by followed by three kids knocking each other down in the dark to get to the TV to turn it back on.


23 posted on 05/13/2012 8:53:17 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: fight_truth_decay

I don’t think Johnny Carson loved and admired anyone more than he did Jimmy Stewart, who was very conservative.


24 posted on 05/13/2012 9:07:31 AM PDT by GAgal
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To: xp38

“the big guest that night was Jimmy Stewart”

Mega WOW.

Was that the show were he read the poem about his dog?


25 posted on 05/13/2012 9:31:07 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: fight_truth_decay
Johnny Carson was hilarious.

Too bad he was such a lefty.

26 posted on 05/13/2012 9:41:11 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Walrus
Johnny was funny without being filthy; he didn’t attack or confront his guests; he didn’t take himself too seriously; and he NEVER would have supported Barack Obama.

Surely you jest.

Though he was hilarious and didn't do politics all the time, when he did he was definitely a liberal. Remember his "Floyd Turbo, American" sketches or his ongoing ridicule of Dan Quayle?

27 posted on 05/13/2012 9:43:01 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Sis..boom...baa. What is the sound an exploding sheep make?


28 posted on 05/13/2012 9:49:18 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: gathersnomoss

That was one of my two favorite Carson moments!

The other was teh Zsa Zsa Gabor pussy cat segment.


29 posted on 05/13/2012 10:30:21 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I drive a lot.

I listen to Johnny when I feel like it....he was so clever.

He went to college near where I grew up.


30 posted on 05/13/2012 10:36:28 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: gathersnomoss

LOL. That was the one that almost put Ed McMahon into a seizure


31 posted on 05/13/2012 10:48:25 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: relictele
Majority of Late Night hosts today need a niche--hate speech, hip-racism, bullying of females like the Palins..they have nothing else to offer-void of real talent.

Nice to see that Letterman's ratings have dropped about 1/2 mil below Leno's. I consider his actions toward women to be morally corrupt.

32 posted on 05/13/2012 2:49:31 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: jocon307

No he had done that a few years before I think but Johnny liked it so much he was happy to have him as a guest anytime. I looked up Jimmy on IMDB and at that point he was pretty much retired from acting. His final credit is a voice for the animated movie An American Tail Feival goes West in 1991. Jimmy left us in 1997. He did a mini series in 1986 (North and South) A tv movie in 1983 and 2 others in 1980. So he did 4 acting gigs in the 1980s but he started showing up on Carson because I think Johnny saw a lot of the American everyman in Jimmy which I think Carson was also but in a very different way.


33 posted on 05/13/2012 6:43:54 PM PDT by xp38
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To: SoFloFreeper; TheConservativeParty; jocon307; RacerX1128
I just got done watching the PBS Masterpiece on Carson—brings laughter when just watching Johnny double up at his guests' jokes; and “you get misty”...Drew Carey got all emotional trying to tell what it meant to his career whereas after his act on Carson's show he was called over to sit down with the megastar. Carson beckons and Drew “who me?”—then wondered of all the people he really made famous—where was Drew now? Only a small bite of the show..the Masterpiece presentation was all and all a fine tribute to the late and great comedy legend, Johnny Carson.

His jokes never at the expense of another.

34 posted on 05/14/2012 8:29:11 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: xp38

Interesting..thanks..note Post #34—hope you were able to see the show.


35 posted on 05/14/2012 8:31:17 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: gathersnomoss

McMahon: Until he gets caught.
Carnac: How long does a United States Congressman serve?


36 posted on 05/14/2012 8:41:17 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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