Joan Embery

Joan EmberyJoan Embery discusses bringing nearly 500 animals on the Tonight Show, an elephant picking up Johnny into the air with her trunk, and Johnny spending the day with her at the San Diego Zoo.

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Paul Williams

paulwilliamspicPaul Williams joins Mark to discuss his numerous Johnny appearances, performing in Planet of the Apes makeup, and his friendship with Freddie Prinze.

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Brian Haley

Brian Haley and Mark MalkoffBrian Haley discusses how his Carson debut changed his life, director John Hughes hiring him from his Tonight Show set, and owning Frank Sinatra’s booth from Chasen’s.

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Fred Willard

Fred Willard and Mark MalkoffFred Willard joins Mark to discuss The Ace Trucking Company’s 50 plus Johnny Carson appearances, using Joe Garagiola as inspiration for his character in Best in Show, and hosting Saturday Night Live in 1978.

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Don Novello

Don NovelloDon Novello, best known for Father Guido Sarducci, discusses his Carson appearances, writing for Saturday Night Live, and The Lazlo Letters.

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Bobby Kelton

Bobby Kelton Bobby Kelton discusses his 21 Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson appearances, Larry David and him being chased by museum security, and meeting a housewife in Denver interested in comedy named Roseanne Barr.

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Mike Reiss

Mike Reiss and Mark MalkoffMike Reiss joins Mark to discuss writing for Carson, Johnny’s guest appearance on The Simpsons, and writing for Gary Shandling.

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Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields and Mark MalkoffBrooke Shields joins Mark to discuss her Carson appearances, deciding to surprise Johnny by doing the Carnac fall, and her friendship with the late Gary Shandling.

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Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley and Mark MalkoffElizabeth Ashley discusses her sixteen Johnny appearances, her friendship with Joan Rivers, and her amazing career including being directed by Mike Nichols in his Broadway directorial debut.

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George Shapiro

George Shapiro and Mark MalkoffLegendary manger, George Shapiro, joins Mark to discuss Jerry Seinfeld’s Johnny appearances, the brilliance and crazy antics Andy Kaufman, and Carson and Seinfeld deciding to leave their shows while still on the top of their game.

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Bob Nelson

bob nelson carson podcastBob Nelson joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, Red Skelton wanting to meet him after seeing him perform on the Tonight Show, and being in a comedy trio with a teenage Eddie Murphy.

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Frank Abagnale

Frank AbagnaleFrank Abagnale joins Mark to discuss the unexpected way he got booked on Carson, Steven Spielberg crediting Johnny for “Catch Me If You Can”, and Johnny urging him to write a book about his life.

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Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly and Mark MalkoffJennifer Tilly joins Mark to discuss her Carson appearances, Sam Simon advising her to stop appearing with Johnny, and inadvertently hurting Randy Travis’ feelings.

 

 

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Adam Shawn

Adam Shawn and Mark MalkoffAdam Shawn, son of Dick Shawn, talks to Mark about his father’s numerous Carson appearances, the acclaimed one-person show The Second Greatest Entertainer in The Whole Wide World, and his father’s tragic passing on stage during a college performance.

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Barbara Meltzer

Mark Malkoff and Barbara Meltzer

Former Tonight Show staffer, Barbara Meltzer, joins Mark to discuss being assistant to Fred deCordova, Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki’s wedding, and working with Jack Paar on his comeback attempt.

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Steve Mittleman

Mark Malkoff and Steve MittlemanComedian Steve Mittleman joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, writing for Gabe Kaplan, and working with Woody Allen in Radio Days.

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Rick Ludwin

Rick Ludwin and Mark Malkoff

Rick Ludwin, former NBC VP of late night and specials, joins Mark to discuss working with Johnny, trying to get Johnny back on TV after retirement, and bringing Jerry Seinfeld to NBC.

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Paul Anka

Paul Anka and Mark Malkoff

Paul Anka joins Mark to discuss composing Johnny Carson’s theme song, hiring Johnny pre-Tonight Show to write comedy material, and the lessons he learned from the Rat Pack.

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Pat Boone

Pat Boone and Mark Malkoff

Pat Boone joins Mark to discuss his memorable Carson appearances, guest hosting the Tonight Show, and competing in a cow milking contest against Doc Severinsen.

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Perry Cross

Mark Malkoff and Perry Cross

Perry Cross, Johnny’s first executive producer of The Tonight Show, joins Mark to discuss running the Tonight Show, his relationship with Johnny, and producing for Jack Paar, Ernie Kovaks, and Jerry Lewis.

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