Cathy Ladman

cathy ladman

Cathy Ladman joins Mark to discuss her four Johnny Carson appearances, being backstage for Roseanne Barr’s Tonight Show debut, and knowing Jerry Seinfeld before he got into comedy.

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Eddie Brill

Mark Malkoff and Eddie Brill

Comedian Eddie Brill talks to Mark about being the artistic director of the Great American Comedy Festival which honors the legacy of Johnny Carson, his 17 years working at Letterman as warm up comic and standup comedy booker, and nearly convincing Woody Allen to do standup on Letterman.

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Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson

Comedian Louie Anderson talks to Mark about his standup debut on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, being devastated after being repeatedly rejected by the Tonight Show, and the way Eddie Murphy ended up casting him in Coming to America.

 

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Irving Davis

Irving Davis and Mark Malkoff

Irving Davis joins Mark to discuss holding the famous curtain open for Johnny Carson for nearly twenty years, saving Johnny from a crazed fan charging the stage, and his nightly ritual with Johnny backstage before the show.

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Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Larry Miller talks to Mark about the chaos backstage before his Johnny Carson debut. In addition he tells one of Johnny’s favorite all time jokes.

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Ray Combs Jr.

Ray Combs

Ray Combs Jr. discusses his late father Ray Combs’ debut on the Tonight Show, Johnny discovering him while doing audience warm up on the sitcom Amen, and the details of his tragic death.

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Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov SmirnoffYakov Smirnoff joins Mark to discuss Johnny calling him over to the couch following his Tonight Show debut, Johnny speaking Russian with him on the show, and performing with the Mighty Carson Art Players.

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Paul Block

Paul Block

Tonight Show talent coordinator/segment producer Paul Block joins Mark to discuss the difficulties of booking Alfred Hitchcock, why Billy Preston was a hit with the studio audience and not with the show, and Johnny’s pre-show backstage ritual.

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Tom Shales

Tom Shales

TV critic Tom Shales talks to Mark about visiting Johnny Carson at his Malibu home, Johnny’s reaction to Steve Allen thinking he ripped off Carnac the Magnificent, and his best selling book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.

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Kelly Carlin

Kelly Carlin Carson Podcast

Performer/writer Kelly Carlin, daughter of George Carlin, talks to Mark about her father’s appearances with Johnny Carson, Fred de Cordova allowing her to drive his golf cart around NBC Burbank, and her one-person show A Carlin Home Companion.

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