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2007-09-04 2:04:49 PM  
No. That would be the infamous 'Tomahawk throw' event
 
2007-09-04 2:15:23 PM  
Weird, wild stuff.
 
2007-09-04 2:16:29 PM  
Charro boob slip? "Ay chihuahua!"
 
2007-09-04 2:27:27 PM  
rocinante721: No. That would be the infamous 'Tomahawk throw' event

Ditto.
 
2007-09-04 2:32:59 PM  
"I'd give it to Tony Randall for a wedding gift."

Jesus Christ that's funny!

Both these guys were pure and classic hilarity.
 
2007-09-04 2:42:17 PM  
Does it matter what was the funniest? The guy was gold night in, night out. The best ever.
 
2007-09-04 2:43:05 PM  
It's so much fun to see Rickles stammering.

Johnny was so awesome.
 
2007-09-04 3:17:00 PM  
Man, that "Hang 'em!" joke bombed.
 
2007-09-04 3:22:45 PM  
I hope he keeps the cotton mill?
 
2007-09-04 3:47:39 PM  
This is kind of a yawn-fest. I don't get the appeal of Carson, and I normally like Rickles.

/oh well
 
2007-09-04 3:57:40 PM  
In this day and age, I think Johnny would be headed to "rehab" for a couple of those jokes.
 
2007-09-04 4:37:25 PM  
In his final six months on the show, Carson had Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters on together. Williams was at his coke-fueled best and Winters just egged him on. The third guest was Park Overall from Empty Nest, and the guys just destroyed her. The single best night of late-night talk ever on American TV. I still have a tape of it somewhere.
 
2007-09-04 4:43:56 PM  
I'm 19, and I still appreciate the greats. You're missed, Mr. Carson.
 
2007-09-04 4:49:02 PM  
GypsyJoker: In his final six months on the show, Carson had Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters on together. Williams was at his coke-fueled best and Winters just egged him on. The third guest was Park Overall from Empty Nest, and the guys just destroyed her. The single best night of late-night talk ever on American TV. I still have a tape of it somewhere.

That's a good one, but I think the night he had Letterman on during his last week was the great moment in Late Night TV.

Damn, I wish there was a network that would rerun old Carson.
 
2007-09-04 4:52:58 PM  
GypsyJoker: In his final six months on the show, Carson had Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters on together. Williams was at his coke-fueled best and Winters just egged him on. The third guest was Park Overall from Empty Nest, and the guys just destroyed her. The single best night of late-night talk ever on American TV. I still have a tape of it somewhere.

You obviously have not seen THIS (new window)

Best late-night moment EVAR !!!

Watch the whole thing!
 
2007-09-04 5:09:14 PM  
 
2007-09-04 5:10:53 PM  
I don't know...this was pretty good too.

Link
 
2007-09-04 5:13:11 PM  
GypsyJoker: In his final six months on the show, Carson had Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters on together. Williams was at his coke-fueled best and Winters just egged him on. The third guest was Park Overall from Empty Nest, and the guys just destroyed her. The single best night of late-night talk ever on American TV. I still have a tape of it somewhere.

Dear lord, I remember that episode. I was watching with my family, and we all nearly busted a gut. My mom couldn't breathe for 5 minutes.
 
2007-09-04 6:02:32 PM  
Wow. All it missed was carson calling the guy in blue "boy".

never would have happened to sideshow Raheem.
 
2007-09-04 6:16:44 PM  
rocinante721: No. That would be the infamous 'Tomahawk throw' event

agreed

/this?
 
2007-09-04 6:21:36 PM  
I did not know that
 
2007-09-04 6:29:09 PM  
wow...you tomahawk people are real connoisseurs. That being a clip you're only aware of, because they use it to hawk the Best of Johnny DVD's.

so, now, you're taking a 5 second clip you saw on a commerical, as the funniest clip of a show that ran for 30 years that you've never watched
 
2007-09-04 6:43:31 PM  
No votes for the Potato Chip Lady?
 
2007-09-04 6:48:36 PM  
potato chip

Don't know what tomahawk is but I vote this for the funniest.
 
2007-09-04 6:51:23 PM  
This thread is useless without links.
 
2007-09-04 7:03:18 PM  
The funniest moment was Ed Ames and the tomahawk. It is legend (And that is why is it on the 'Best of' DVD, T.rex).
 
2007-09-04 7:36:51 PM  
No. That would be the infamous 'Tomahawk throw' event

Got it in one. Unfortunately YouTube doesn't seem to have it.
 
2007-09-04 7:56:30 PM  
Another vote for Ed Ames' Tomohawk

/plugins broak
//too tired att to figger out why
 
2007-09-04 8:04:00 PM  
Angel of Death: No votes for the Potato Chip Lady?
space_cadet_28: potato chip

That's Yogi Bear. I broke his neck.

Ah ha ha ha! So awesome.
 
2007-09-04 8:16:32 PM  
rocinante721: GypsyJoker: In his final six months on the show, Carson had Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters on together. Williams was at his coke-fueled best and Winters just egged him on. The third guest was Park Overall from Empty Nest, and the guys just destroyed her. The single best night of late-night talk ever on American TV. I still have a tape of it somewhere.

You obviously have not seen THIS (new window)

Best late-night moment EVAR !!!

Watch the whole thing!


I have seen that, and was indeed teh funny. But I'll still take Robin Williams' discussion of Shakespearean porn films and rednecks using kerosene-powered vibrators and Winters telling Park Overall that the North needs to invade the South again because "you people didn't get the message the first time."
 
2007-09-04 8:24:03 PM  
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"What's all this fuss about plutonium: How can something named after a Disney character be dangerous?
So what if an atomic plant blows up? The people who say that, they are afraid to die. I'm not afraid to die because all my life I have lived by the Good Book, the American Legion magazine.
They say atomic radiation can hurt your reproductive organs. My answer is, so can a hockey stick, but we don't stop building them.
Sure, nuclear leaks will affect the forest animals. So what if a deer grows up with two rear ends? They're easier to shoot.
So in my simple way, I' m asking that you supportnooclear energy. Remember being an American means being powerful, proud and pushy, and in conclusion let me finish by ending...Thank You."
*****

Johnny Carson was pure class. There will never be another like him. R.I.P. Johnny. You are missed.
 
2007-09-04 8:46:02 PM  
That is by far not the funniest thing on Carson. He's done bits with guests bringing animals and product demonstrators that are vastly more hilarious.
 
2007-09-04 8:59:15 PM  
I knew I'd find it. Watch the video here (new window) here, starting at 1:35.

/"I didn't even know you were Jewish!"
 
2007-09-04 9:00:01 PM  
Well, crap. Try here (new window).
 
2007-09-04 10:13:02 PM  
I wouldn't call this the funniest thing ever on the Carson show.

I went searching for what IMO was the funniest thing on Carson but couldn't find it, but I can describe it for you. It was an episode where Carson was playing "The Great Karnak!"

He went through a few letters, got some laughs... Then he picked up one letter and held it to his head. "Sis boom ba", he said. Ed and Carson both repeated it. "Sis boom ba."

Carson tears open the envelope, blows in it, extracts the question, opens it and reads it. "What is the sound of a sheep exploding?"

Too much. He and Ed get a case of the giggles, neither can stop, they keep setting each other off, and they definitely can't finish the act. Cut to commercial.
 
2007-09-04 11:06:48 PM  
rocinante721: No. That would be the infamous 'Tomahawk throw' event

Ditto.

Yup.
Why? Because of the time (60's) and the TIMING of his line.

Now, not to say that there aren't other, very, very funny skits.
Karnak especially. And Art Fern.
 
2007-09-04 11:25:04 PM  
The tomahawk is probably the funniest television moment evar. Wow.
 
2007-09-04 11:36:22 PM  
I've never understood the appeal of Don Rickles. I've seen him in many different things and most of his jokes just fall flat, especially when he ad-libs.
 
2007-09-04 11:53:32 PM  
Tomahawk throw (new window)
 
2007-09-05 12:08:02 AM  
Hear hear for the potato chip lady. Genius
 
2007-09-05 12:38:40 AM  
Nah, it was when an attractive zoo lady had her large cats on the show. She had some kind of puma in her lap and she asked him, "would you like to pet my pussy?" and he said, "Sure, if you'd just get that damn cat out of the way."

It may have been staged, but it was still funny.
 
2007-09-05 1:53:01 AM  
that attractive zoo lady, im pretty sure was zsa zsa, and its been somewhat proven to be an urban myth, but still very funny. some of the best jokes are the ones that seem like the celebrity would have said it. like groucho talking to to the lady who had like 10 kids, and he asks why, and she says she loves her husband, groucho supposidly replies "i love my cigar too lady, but i take it out of my mouth every once in a while" also not tru, but hilarious!
 
2007-09-05 2:22:54 AM  
IggyE

It wasn't Zsa Zsa, and it wasn't an urban myth. I've seen the clip.
 
2007-09-05 2:24:34 AM  
What, no love for the Copper Clapper Caper?
 
2007-09-05 10:01:43 AM  
this would be funnier if it wasn't a repeat
 
2007-09-05 12:22:33 PM  
Bah. Saw this when it happened, marmoset peed on his head (new window)
 
2007-09-05 12:49:04 PM  
drredhook: IggyE

It wasn't Zsa Zsa, and it wasn't an urban myth. I've seen the clip.


Snopes says otherwise

meh, take snopes with a grain of salt, but if it did actually happen, i haven't seen it. always heard of it as an urban legend. also, really, a puma? like this guy?
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seems kind of large to have on her lap, eh? not sure he likes being called a pussy either.

/also, certainly not searching for "johnny carson pussy" on google, or something like that
 
2007-09-05 1:08:17 PM  
IggyE
that attractive zoo lady, im pretty sure was zsa zsa, and its been somewhat proven to be an urban myth, but still very funny. some of the best jokes are the ones that seem like the celebrity would have said it. like groucho talking to to the lady who had like 10 kids, and he asks why, and she says she loves her husband, groucho supposidly replies "i love my cigar too lady, but i take it out of my mouth every once in a while" also not tru, but hilarious!


I have a dvd with a few "you bet your life" clips, something damn close happens. It's a pastor and his wife, they adopted like 15 kids but before they make it clear they were adopted, groucho pops off with "that's a heck of a habit your husband has there"
 
2007-09-05 1:18:22 PM  
whoops, wrong couple... I gots myself all mixed up.
 
2007-09-05 6:21:30 PM  
"That's Yogi Bear. I broke his neck." Pa-riceless.
 
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