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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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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