Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate Johnny Carson’s birthday.
Before Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, one of television’s best known personalities, Johnny Carson hosted “The Tonight Show” for 30 years. His farewell show in 1992 drew 50 million viewers.
Johnny Carson was on born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. After college he worked as a television writer for Red Skelton’s show. He moved to New York City and in 1962 Carson replaced Jack Paar as host of “The Tonight Show” for an Emmy Award-winning run that lasted three decades. Carson’s 1992 final appearance as host attracted an estimated 50 million viewers. He died in 2005.
Audiences found comfort in Carson’s calm and steady presence in their living rooms each evening. Revered for his affable personality, quick wit and crisp interviews, he guided viewers into the late night hours with a familiarity they grew to rely on year after year.
Carson created several recurring comedic characters that popped up regularly on his show, including Carnac the Magnificent, an Eastern psychic who was said to know the answers to all kinds of baffling questions. In these skits, Carson would wear a colorful cape and featured turban and attempt to answer questions on cards before even opening their sealed envelopes.
Today’s YouTube presentation is Johnny Carson performing “Carnac the Magnificent,” brought to you by user name Rick on the drums.
Until the record was broken by Bob Barker in 2002, Johnny Carson hosted the same network series for the longest time: 29 years, 7 months, 21 days.
When the Tonight Show ended, Bob Hope put it best commenting on Carson’s retirement, said it was like “a head falling off Mt. Rushmore. He’s had a profound impact on millions of lives. He changed people’s sleeping habits, sex habits and their midnight eating habits.”
At the beginning of Tonight Show Johnny Caron was introduced as, “Here’s Johnny,” which was dubbed in the horror movie called, The Shining, Jack Nicholson’s character was pounding through the door with an axe, yelling out, “Here’s Johnny.”
As we remember Johnny Carson on his birthday today, we remember our favorite episodes from The Tonight Show.
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