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2021-06-06 9:34:48 PM  
Now do Jack Paar.
 
2021-06-06 9:56:43 PM  
awesome, thanks subby
 
2021-06-07 1:42:55 AM  
Fark is apparently now apparently mirroring my YouTube recommendations.

I'm assuming this song will be next:

The Hollies ~ Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) 1972 Extended Meow Mix
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2021-06-07 2:01:37 AM  
the part where he said Dick wasn't involved but goes on to say his wife had a kid was a subtle chuckle.
 
2021-06-07 2:13:47 AM  

chucknasty: the part where he said Dick wasn't involved but goes on to say his wife had a kid was a subtle chuckle.


Ha I didn't even catch that!  Brilliant.  Also that bit was damned funny.
 
2021-06-07 3:10:33 AM  
<sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.
 
2021-06-07 3:32:07 AM  
"Mom always liked you best!"
"Yes, she did like me best, so what?"
"...I DIDN"T KNOW MOM LIKED YOU BEST...NOW I REMEMBER!"
 
2021-06-07 5:08:25 AM  
Well, considering that for the last 16 years Carson has been ashes, he's not really doing much
 
2021-06-07 6:15:21 AM  

Rob3Fan: Well, considering that for the last 16 years Carson has been ashes, he's not really doing much


I would say he was still impersonating Carson, but a quick check shows that both Smothers brothers are still alive.
 
2021-06-07 6:30:30 AM  
One of those rare nights in the early 90's when Johnny was actually there.  Back then it felt like Leno or Gary Shandling were hosting every night, even though it was probably once a week.
 
2021-06-07 6:37:43 AM  
A whole generation of young people are thinking "Who is Tommy Smothers?  And who is Johnny Carson?"

You know it is happening.
 
2021-06-07 7:05:54 AM  
Mom always liked Dick's Carson impression best.
 
2021-06-07 7:35:40 AM  

Rob3Fan: Well, considering that for the last 16 years Carson has been ashes, he's not really doing much


Headline checks out:

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2021-06-07 7:40:37 AM  
That was eerily accurate.
 
2021-06-07 8:01:07 AM  
Tommy Smothers is the best Smothers Brother.

To dig his show and then turn the sound off, you know

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2021-06-07 8:27:43 AM  

bughunter: <sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.


I miss hosts like Carson and Cavett who could handle more than one guest at a time. I think Letterman is responsible for that.
 
2021-06-07 8:31:31 AM  
Smos Bros was the shiat
 
2021-06-07 8:34:47 AM  
They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

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2021-06-07 8:37:08 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: bughunter: <sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.

I miss hosts like Carson and Cavett who could handle more than one guest at a time. I think Letterman is responsible for that.


Well, part of that was in Letterman's NBC contract that he couldn't run his show in a manner like Carson's show, so limited guests. Plus, as we moved into the 80's, the guest didn't want to or have time to just hang around.
 
2021-06-07 8:43:03 AM  

UberNeuman: EdwardTellerhands: bughunter: <sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.

I miss hosts like Carson and Cavett who could handle more than one guest at a time. I think Letterman is responsible for that.

Well, part of that was in Letterman's NBC contract that he couldn't run his show in a manner like Carson's show, so limited guests. Plus, as we moved into the 80's, the guest didn't want to or have time to just hang around.


Ah, I thought it was due to Dave's fear of losing control of the show.
 
2021-06-07 8:46:17 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: Now do Jack Paar.


He's still in the W.C.

Dana Carvey probably does the best Carson.

(No, THIS is the Best Carson:)

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2021-06-07 8:49:47 AM  
Didn't Tommy break his ankle once doing this impression?  (It was either this impression or a yo-yo trick he used to do that also involved leaning too much off center.)
 
2021-06-07 8:51:47 AM  
Great clip.  There probably aren't too many comedians who could goof on Carson and get away with it.

While we're talking Tom Smothers, check out the slasher comedy Pandemonium. It's dumb but it's the good kind of dumb:
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2021-06-07 9:01:22 AM  

Biledriver: Great clip.  There probably aren't too many comedians who could goof on Carson and get away with it.

While we're talking Tom Smothers, check out the slasher comedy Pandemonium. It's dumb but it's the good kind of dumb:
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...Indeed.  Some gutbustingly funny bits, and a pre-Pee Wee Paul Reubens.
 
2021-06-07 9:30:51 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: One of those rare nights in the early 90's when Johnny was actually there.  Back then it felt like Leno or Gary Shandling were hosting every night, even though it was probably once a week.


Not only was Johnny there, but he had Chevy Chase as a guest, which is surprising considering how much Carson loathed Chase.
 
2021-06-07 9:32:16 AM  
Yoooouuuuu are correct sir
 
2021-06-07 9:34:32 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: bughunter: <sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.

I miss hosts like Carson and Cavett who could handle more than one guest at a time. I think Letterman is responsible for that.


Plus it was more   conversational. Now, some moron actor/actress has stupid talking points, their PR people come up with a stupid anecdote to tell the host. It is all extremely staged.

Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.
 
2021-06-07 9:43:39 AM  
I was always partial to Benjamin Disraeli's impression of Lord Castlreagh, as long as we're talking ancient history here.
 
2021-06-07 10:01:20 AM  

Eightballjacket: Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.


Dean Marin has absolutely *no* idea what you are talking about.
 
2021-06-07 10:33:30 AM  

buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

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also the best thing about craig ferguson is his just chatting and being craig with whoever was on.  I'm not a fan of conan, he's constantly looking down at his notecards.
 
2021-06-07 10:57:14 AM  

puckrock2000: Nana's Vibrator: One of those rare nights in the early 90's when Johnny was actually there.  Back then it felt like Leno or Gary Shandling were hosting every night, even though it was probably once a week.

Not only was Johnny there, but he had Chevy Chase as a guest, which is surprising considering how much Carson loathed Chase.


Carson had class. You knew he loved someone by how often they were guests (and he LOVED kd lang which is where I first saw her) but it was really hard to tell when he didn't like someone. His guests knew they were there to do a quick plug for their newest project or sing a song, then shoot the breeze for the remainder of their segment.
 
2021-06-07 10:59:53 AM  
The Smothers Brothers - My Old Man
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2021-06-07 12:12:06 PM  

buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

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Some oldies tv station around here had the Carson show on for a while. The funniest one we ever saw had Charles Nelson Reilly on it for the whole show.  I guess Johnny's guest that night was a no show so he called in Reilly who lived nearby. We about died laughing.
 
2021-06-07 12:40:43 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: Some gutbustingly funny bits, and a pre-Pee Wee Paul Reubens.


Read how Mr Reubens got billed on the poster.
 
2021-06-07 12:42:49 PM  

blondambition: buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

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Some oldies tv station around here had the Carson show on for a while. The funniest one we ever saw had Charles Nelson Reilly on it for the whole show.  I guess Johnny's guest that night was a no show so he called in Reilly who lived nearby. We about died laughing.


It's on Antenna TV OTA.  Most of them they show are '80s and '90s, but on Fridays they'll show some of the old 90-minute ones from the '70s before they cut back to an hour-long.  If one of the old-timers dies, they'll probably show their appearance on Carson if there is one.  Fun to see people like Seinfeld at their beginnings in the early '80s, or somebody like Garry Shandling at his start.  George Carlin and Richard Pryor pop up a lot, too.
 
2021-06-07 2:05:29 PM  
GUYS THIS THREAD IS A TRAP TO TRY TO STEAL OUR SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS
 
2021-06-07 2:08:33 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: AtlanticCoast63: Some gutbustingly funny bits, and a pre-Pee Wee Paul Reubens.

Read how Mr Reubens got billed on the poster.


...True that, but Pandemonium was released in '82 (It didn't last long and was on HBO pretty quickly, which is where I saw it) and it was actually filmed in '81 - just about the time Reubens was being turned down for SNL, after which he brought Pee-Wee into focus; he'd been doing a similar series of characters for a while.

/So technically correct
//The best kind of correct
 
2021-06-07 2:30:53 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: Barricaded Gunman: AtlanticCoast63: Some gutbustingly funny bits, and a pre-Pee Wee Paul Reubens.

Read how Mr Reubens got billed on the poster.

...True that, but Pandemonium was released in '82 (It didn't last long and was on HBO pretty quickly, which is where I saw it) and it was actually filmed in '81 - just about the time Reubens was being turned down for SNL, after which he brought Pee-Wee into focus; he'd been doing a similar series of characters for a while.

/So technically correct
//The best kind of correct


I withdraw my objection and defer to your superior knowledge of Paul Reubens' career trajectory.
 
2021-06-07 2:40:04 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: Eightballjacket: Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.

Dean Marin has absolutely *no* idea what you are talking about.


Dean Martin, Bob Hope, George Gobel Carson Tonight Show 1969
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2021-06-07 2:52:55 PM  

Eightballjacket: EdwardTellerhands: bughunter: <sigh> Thanks for making me remember that I really miss Johnny Carson.
I miss hosts like Carson and Cavett who could handle more than one guest at a time. I think Letterman is responsible for that.
Plus it was more   conversational. Now, some moron actor/actress has stupid talking points, their PR people come up with a stupid anecdote to tell the host. It is all extremely staged.
Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.


It sure made for more drama. My favorite talkshow was this one from 1965, where Phil Spector manages to piss off everyone on Merv Griffin's couch (Richard Pryor, Eartha Kitt, Wally Cox, somebody else) in under three minutes. Must-see TV.
 
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2021-06-07 3:10:07 PM  

El Rich-o: Dr Jack Badofsky: Eightballjacket: Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.

Dean Marin has absolutely *no* idea what you are talking about.

[YouTube video: Dean Martin, Bob Hope, George Gobel Carson Tonight Show 1969]


Now just throw in Buddy Hackett and you'd have a dream panel.
 
2021-06-07 3:16:36 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: I withdraw my objection and defer to your superior knowledge of Paul Reubens' career trajectory.


"Trajectory" is one of those words that sounds obscene, but isn't. You know, like matriculate, thespian, dongle, masticate.

/extra bonus irony with Peewee Herman
//police arrested him for public trajectory in an adult theater
 
2021-06-07 5:38:13 PM  

blondambition: buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

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Some oldies tv station around here had the Carson show on for a while. The funniest one we ever saw had Charles Nelson Reilly on it for the whole show.  I guess Johnny's guest that night was a no show so he called in Reilly who lived nearby. We about died laughing.


Reilly is my favorite, MacLean Stevenson, Charles Grodin, Dangerfield and Hackett are always worth catching, too.
 
2021-06-07 6:04:09 PM  

neeNHA: blondambition: buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

[Fark user image 345x146]

Some oldies tv station around here had the Carson show on for a while. The funniest one we ever saw had Charles Nelson Reilly on it for the whole show.  I guess Johnny's guest that night was a no show so he called in Reilly who lived nearby. We about died laughing.

Reilly is my favorite, MacLean Stevenson, Charles Grodin, Dangerfield and Hackett are always worth catching, too.


Grodin was funny when he'd pretend to get indignant st something Johnny said.
 
2021-06-07 8:14:55 PM  

El Rich-o: Dr Jack Badofsky: Eightballjacket: Back in the day, they smoked and a good 1/3 of the guests had a few cocktails in them.

Dean Marin has absolutely *no* idea what you are talking about.

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Right in that perfect place where you can't be 100% sure if he's drunk or just farking w/Carson.  Lovely.
 
2021-06-07 8:49:24 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: neeNHA: blondambition: buntz: They were playing Carson reruns on Sirius.  The best part of the shows were that they weren't pre-scripted segments.
He'd have a guest come on and they'd just talk.

I heard a segment with Burt Reynolds, I swear he was on for 20 minutes with no commercial, and they were just B.S.ing.  I don't remember him plugging a movie (though he may have been) but it was just the 2 of them talking.

Also related, Dickie Smothers was in Casino.

[Fark user image 345x146]

Some oldies tv station around here had the Carson show on for a while. The funniest one we ever saw had Charles Nelson Reilly on it for the whole show.  I guess Johnny's guest that night was a no show so he called in Reilly who lived nearby. We about died laughing.

Reilly is my favorite, MacLean Stevenson, Charles Grodin, Dangerfield and Hackett are always worth catching, too.

Grodin was funny when he'd pretend to get indignant st something Johnny said.


Every time Steve Martin went on Tonight it was Comedy Platinum. This was a classic.
Steve Martin Has to Leave Johnny Carson, Funniest Moments
Youtube YpOGB4SkcM4
 
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