There is something amazing about remembering the phrase, ‘heeeeeere’s Johnny’ every evening coming from America’s television sets. Settling down for the night Johnny Carson became a staple of entertainment that made us all laugh before falling asleep.
That’s just a fraction of what most people know about this late night star. For instance, Carson was a Nebraskan boy who loved magic tricks and created The Great Carson quickly earning a few dollars for it. He also was a military man joining the US Navy and serving as a communications officer.
After his service, Carson returned to Nebraska going off to college receiving his BA in Radio and Speech and, here is a surprise, minored in physics! He began his broadcasting career in 1950 and continued to move up with television spots on To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Trust? and met Ed McMahon.
By 1962 after Jack Paar’s departure, NBC finally signed Carson and once the show took off, McMahon joined his partner in crime. From then on characters and sketches included Art Fern, Carnac the Magnificent, Floyd R. Turbo, Aunt Blabby, El Mouldo and The Maharishi just to name a few.
Both New York and Hollywood sent Carson as many stars as there were in the sky to the show. From Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Richard Pryor, Paul McCartney, Muhammad Ali, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, Charlton Heston, Jerry Lewis, Sean Connery and so many, many more filled each evening’s time slot. The comedy was never ending!
Carson spent thirty years hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and received Emmy Awards and in 1987 was inducted to the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In 1992 Carson would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom only to be followed up by the Kenny Center Honor.
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: The Vault Series is a six disc archive classic set with over 17+ hours of entertainment and they include the original commercials. From New York to Burbank, California, Johnny Carson gave a meaning to the term late night television.
Time Life has brought the not seen since original broadcast THE VAULT SERIES featuring the most requested shows and the best Johnny Carson had to offer. These 12 show discs also include two hours of bonus clips. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.
Carson defined late night television and brought to everyone who stayed up late silliness and fun. In those thirty years there were over 4,000 shows that he and side-kick Ed McMahon brought into our homes. This is only a fraction of the creativity he was responsible for. He even brought animals with Joan Embery to not only inform us of creatures we’d only read about but managed to make us laugh in the process.
This Time Life collection is such a joy to watch because it brings back a special time for many of us who experienced the late night action first hand. I have to admit that the commercials had me laughing and remembering how much commercials have seriously changed!
So stay up once again with the King of Late Night as we join Johnny and all his guests for laughs like no other from a man who knew exactly how to capture our hearts – Johnny Carson!