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Author: Mark Malkoff

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Host Mark Malkoff talks with guests about legendary talk show host Johnny Carson. Guests include stand-up comics who debuted on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, individuals that worked on the show, frequent guests, and top entertainers that were influenced by Carson.
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Jeff Wald

Jeff Wald

2021-01-1401:11:48

Jeff Wald discusses his famous past clients such as Tiny Tim and Helen Reddy going on Carson’s show, socializing with Johnny, Carol Wayne, George Carlin, Frank Sinatra & Dave Letterman.
Gary Null

Gary Null

2021-01-0701:12:52

Gary Null discusses photographing Carson’s Tonight Show, his 40 years at NBC, Elvis Comeback Special, traveling with Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, & John Wayne.
Wendy Perl

Wendy Perl

2020-12-3156:42

Wendy Perl discusses photographing Carson and The Tonight Show, working at NBC, Bob Hope’s 90th Birthday, Joan Rivers, Brandon Tartikoff, & being in the audience for Carson’s final show.
Ed. Weinberger

Ed. Weinberger

2020-12-2401:36:27

Ed. Weinberger discusses writing for Carson’s Tonight Show, Carson’s difficulty playing the Fountainelblue in Miami, The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode based on him, & his new satirical book “Gotcha: Inside Trump’s 2020 Campaign”.
Ed Sommerfeld

Ed Sommerfeld

2020-12-1758:36

Ed Sommerfeld discusses managing Rodney Dangerfield and why he had trouble originally getting booked on Carson, Joan Rivers, David Frye, Judy Garland, & booking acts at the Copacabana.
Emily Marshall

Emily Marshall

2020-12-1001:01:20

Emily Marshall returns for a 3rd episode to discuss working on The Tonight Show, Doc Severinsen, Tommy Newsom, & writing for The Bob Newhart Show.
Garth Ancier

Garth Ancier

2020-12-0301:20:58

Garth Ancier discusses his time at FOX during Joan Rivers’ late night show, working at NBC with Brandon Tartikoff, & trying to get Rosie O’Donnell a late night show.
Steve Binder

Steve Binder

2020-11-2601:31:00

Steve Binder discusses directing Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Elvis Comeback Special 1968, Diana Ross Live in Central Park, Petula Clark Special with Harry Belafonte, & The Chevy Chase Show.
Sam Haskell

Sam Haskell

2020-11-1901:00:23

Sam Haskell discusses his visits to Carson’s Tonight Show, a funny Johnny encounter, being an agent at William Morris for 26 years, his famous clients including Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Ray Romano, Debbie Allen, & being a contestant on The Match Game
Emily Marshall Returns

Emily Marshall Returns

2020-11-1201:16:27

Emily Marshall returns to discuss working on The Tonight Show, Carson being highly sensitive, Joan Rivers, Carson anniversary parties, & Ed McMahon’s unusual bathroom.
The Amazing Kreskin Returns to discuss Johnny Carson, Dave Letterman, Joan Rivers, & co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show.
Rory O’Connor Returns

Rory O’Connor Returns

2020-10-2901:02:27

Rory O’Connor returns to discuss Carson, working on The Tonight Show, Johnny’s microphone being auctioned, Dean Martin, & working on CPO Sharkey with Don Rickles.
Emily Marshall

Emily Marshall

2020-10-2201:20:40

Emily Marshall discusses working on the Tonight Show, Carson doing 2 of her jokes on air, her marriage to Doc Severisen, & working for Fred de Cordova.
Nick Prueher

Nick Prueher

2020-10-1501:34:26

Nick Preuher discusses working at Letterman on CBS, Letterman wanting to know things about Carson, Peter Lassaly, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossellini, & Richard Simmons.
Bob Uecker for the 300th episode joins Mark to discuss his over 60 Johnny Carson appearances, his friendly relationship with Johnny, & Carson at first not doubting that he ever played Major Leagues baseball.
Gary Lee Boas

Gary Lee Boas

2020-10-0101:55:52

Gary Lee Boas, author of “StarStruck: Photos From a Fan”, discusses his fan photos taken in the 60’s & 70’s (including Carson) and the stories behind them including Katherine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Gretta Garbo, & Hedy Lamarr.
Rudy Gatlin

Rudy Gatlin

2020-09-2450:33

Rudy Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers discusses their Carson appearances, Fred de Cordova, Arnold Palmer, Glen Campbell, Hee Haw, & Kenny Rogers.
Rory O’Connor

Rory O’Connor

2020-09-1701:22:20

Rory O’Connor discusses working on The Tonight Show, George Carlin not being let past NBC security, an odd Carson encounter, George Burns, John Wayne, & Orson Welles.
Gene Perret

Gene Perret

2020-09-1001:10:531

Gene Perret discusses being Bob Hope’s headwriter, Carson appearing on Hope’s 90th Birthday Special on NBC, & writing for The Carol Burnett Show and Laugh-In.
Abbe Jaye

Abbe Jaye

2020-09-0732:42

Abbe Jaye discusses her memorable Carson appearance, how she convinced the show to book her, & appearing with guest host Joey Bishop.
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Alfie Joey

I'd have more Bill Carter!!!

May 30th
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Alfie Joey

What a great episode. I just subscribed to Will's podcast!

May 30th
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Greg Scott

oppp

Jun 8th
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