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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Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner and Mark Malkoff

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks to Mark about using Johnny Carson clips on Mad Men, comparisons between Johnny and Don Draper, and the impact Jon Hamm hosting SNL had on Mad Men.

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Fred Stoller

Fred Stoller and Mark Malkoff

Fred Stoller talks to Mark about his 1989 Johnny Carson appearance, the challenges of writing for Seinfeld, and sitcom tales detailed in his book Maybe We’ll Have You Back.

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Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman and Mark Malkoff

Marc Shaiman joins Mark to discuss Bette Midler’s Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson appearance on May 21, 1992, his idea for Bette to sing One For My Baby, and working with Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn on the Sweeney Sisters.

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Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas and Mark Malkoff

Dave Thomas talks to Mark about Johnny’s love of his Bob Hope impression, dreaming as a kid of appearing on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and the line during his Carson appearance that caused Johnny to fall behind his desk in laughter.

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Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin Carson Podcast

Calvin Trillin talks to Mark about his twenty-five plus Johnny Carson appearances, the fear of being on the Tonight Show with Hulk Hogan, and writing for the New Yorker since 1963.

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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson and Mark Malkoff

Tom Wilson talks to Mark about playing the tuba on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, his limo breaking down on the way to his Tonight Show debut, and Johnny being responsible for giving Tom his current name.

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