Pat Bradford

Pat BradfordPat Bradford joins Mark to discuss working as a talent coordinator on The Tonight Show, the clever way she convinced Kirk Douglas to be a guest, and Jimmy Stewart coming to the rescue when dealing with a difficult famous guest.

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Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne WorleyJo Anne Worley joins Mark to discuss Johnny appearing with her on Laugh-In, her Tonight Show appearances, being discovered by Merv Griffin, and stories from working on Laugh-In.

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Don Schiff

don schiffDon Schiff joins Mark to discuss doing cue cards for Johnny Carson in New York and Burbank, going over cue cards with Johnny in his office prior to taping, doing cue cards for all the guest hosts including Burt Reynolds and Joan Rivers.

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Hank Bradford

Hank BradfordHank Bradford joins Mark to discuss being Johnny’s head writer, doing standup on The Tonight Show, and his friendship with Pat McCormick.

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Vikki Carr

Vikki CarrVikki Carr joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, guest hosting The Tonight Show, and opening up for Johnny on the road.

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Joey D’Auria

Joey D'AuriaJoey D’Auria joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearance, winning The Gong Show, doing a remote with David Letterman, and his 17 years as Bozo on WGN’s The Bozo Show.

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Mac Davis

Mac DavisMac Davis joins Mark to discuss his 45 Tonight Show appearances, guest host Jerry Lewis not wanting him booked, the one time he upset Johnny on air, and going to a movie with Elvis Presley.

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Ginny Stevenson

GinnyGinny Stevenson joins Mark to discuss working at as talent coordinator on The Tonight Show, the unexpected way she first met Johnny, Johnny on air announcing her  marriage to McLean Stevenson, and McLean bringing their newborn baby on with Johnny.

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Michael Barrie Returns!

BW Mug BarrieMichael Barrie returns! Longtime Johnny writer Michael Barrie discusses the New York era of The Tonight Show, working with the numerous guest hosts, and writing Johnny’s material for The Dean Martin Roasts. Special thanks to Jason Kravits.

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Joan Benny and Dan Gingold

Benny and GingoldJoan Benny, daughter of Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, joins Mark to discuss her childhood, her famous parents, and Johnny’s love for her father. Carson’s Cellar stage manager, Dan Gingold, joins Mark to discuss working with Johnny.

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Barbara Bowen

Barbara Bowen and Mark MalkoffBarbara Bowen joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show as a personal assistant to guest hosts Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, David Brenner, Billy Crystal, and Jay Leno. Bowen also discusses working in the Tonight Show mailroom.

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Peter Bogdanovich

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Peter BogdanovichPeter Bogdanovich joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, guest hosting The Tonight Show, and his friendship with Orson Welles.

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Stan Zabka and Chiz Schultz

125Stan Zabka joins Mark to discuss working as associate director on The Tonight Show and appearing with Johnny as a guest. Chiz Schultz discusses Harry Belafonte’s historic week guest hosting in February 1968.

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Hal Gurnee

hal gurnee and Mark MalkoffHal Gurnee joins Mark to discuss directing the six months of guest hosts leading up to Johnny’s debut, directing Jack Paar, and his groundbreaking work directing for David Letterman.

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Louisa Ermelino and Neil Hickey

Louisa ErmelinoLouisa Ermelino joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show in New York. Neil Hickey then joins to discuss interviewing Johnny for his 1972 TV Guide cover story.

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Darrell Vickers

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Darrell Vickers and Mark MalkoffDarrell Vickers joins Mark to discuss writing for Johnny, writing for guest hosts such as Garry Shandling, a sketch that upset Johnny, and producer Fred de Cordova.

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Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw and Mark MalkoffTom Brokaw joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, encountering Johnny and Hollywood stars while in his twenties anchoring the local news at NBC Burbank, pitching Johnny a project post-retirement, and the backstory on his walk-on appearance on David Letterman’s CBS premiere.

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Marilyn Maye

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Marilyn Maye and Mark MalkoffSinger Marilyn Maye talks to Mark about her 76 Tonight Show appearances, being discovered by Ed McMahon, and performing with Johnny on the road.

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Carl Reiner Returns!

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Carl Reiner and Mark MalkoffCarl Reiner joins Mark to discuss more Johnny appearances, Steve Allen urging him and Mel Brooks to record the 2000 Year Old Man as an album, and directing Steve Martin in The Jerk.

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Don Sweeney

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Don SweeneyDon Sweeney joins Mark to discuss his 17 years working on The Tonight Show, sneaking in as a teenager to see Johnny in Studio 6B in New York, and Johnny giving him Buddy Rich’s drum set.

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