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Graham Kaye

Graham KayeGraham Kaye joins Mark to discuss becoming Johnny’s tennis instructor, their friendship, and the reason Johnny temporarily stopped speaking to him.

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Rich Little Returns!

Rich Little and Mark MalkoffRich Little returns to discuss Johnny Carson, guest hosting 31 times, Fred de Cordova, and the chaos involving Dick Shawn wrecking The Tonight Show set.

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Kate Capshaw

kate capshaw Kate Capshaw joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, her parents seeing Johnny’s show in NY, and her acting career including Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.

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Peter Lassally

peter lassally and mark malkoffPeter Lassally joins Mark to discuss producing Johnny Carson, his challenge of getting David Letterman an 11:30pm show, and the reason Johnny didn’t care for Andy Kaufman.

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Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon and Mark MalkoffMark Harmon joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, his father and Johnny knowing each other, Carl Reiner directing him in Summer School, appearing on Letterman, and hosting SNL.

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Patric Verrone

patric verronePatric Verrone joins Mark to discuss writing for The Tonight Show, the writers meetings at Johnny’s Malibu home, and the chronological order of the Carson writers from 1962-1992.

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Howie Mandel

howiemandelHowie Mandel joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, Joan Rivers giving him his Tonight Show break, the appearance that caused him never to be booked again with Johnny, and doing his own talk show in Johnny’s old studio.

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Michael Preminger

Michael-PremingerComedian Michael Preminger joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, working as a NBC page, and the difficulties of doing audience warmup on Pink Lady and Jeff.

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Arnie Kogen

Arnie-KogenArnie Kogen joins Mark to discuss writing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, his friendship with Pat McCormick, and writing for The Carol Burnett Show.

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J.J. McMahon

jjmcmahonJ.J. McMahon joins Mark to discuss being president of Carson Productions, his friendship with Johnny, and going back to Nebraska for the filming of Johnny Goes Home.

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Denise Soulam

denise soulamDenise Soulam joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show, working with guest host George Carlin, interviewing Fred de Cordova for her college radio show, and being backstage for Johnny’s final show.

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Sandy Hackett

sandy hackettSandy Hackett joins Mark to discuss his father Buddy Hackett’s Johnny appearances, Sandy appearing on The Tonight Show as a teenager alongside his father and Johnny, and Johnny’s Las Vegas stage act.

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Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser Paul Reiser joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances and his new Hulu series set at The Tonight Show in 1972, “There’s Johnny”.

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Trini Lopez

Trini LopezTrini Lopez joins Mark to discuss his 17 Johnny appearances, his awkward encounter with Carson at Chasen’s, and his friendships with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Trini Lopez’s official website: https://www.trinilopezmusic.net/

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Shecky Greene

shecky greene Shecky Greene joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, guest hosting The Tonight Show, Buddy Hackett, and his famous Frank Sinatra joke.

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Dan Ford

Dan FordDan Ford joins Mark to discuss working on The Tonight Show as a stage manager in Burbank, appearing as a guest with Johnny in 1979, upsetting guest Robert Blake, and his grandfather, legendary film director John Ford.

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Andrea McArdle

Andrea McArdleAndrea McArdle joins Mark to discuss her 3 Johnny appearances, performing with Liberace on The Tonight Show, and originating the role of Annie on Broadway in 1977.

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Louise Lasser

Louise LasserLouise Lasser joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, hosting Saturday Night Live, and her various roles in Woody Allen films.Meet Louise Lasser at Chiller Theatre October 27-October 29 in Parsippany, NJ. For details and a complete guest line up visit: http://chillertheatre.com/

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Andy Friendly

andy friendlyAndy Friendly joins Mark to discuss working with Tom Snyder on Tomorrow, his friendship with Rick Carson, visiting Johnny’s home in Bel Air, booking David Letterman for his first time on network TV, and growing up the son of CBS news pioneer Fred Friendly.

His new book, Willing To Be Lucky: Adventures in Life and Television is available for pre-order: http://amzn.to/2wPKyvO

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William Katz

William KatzWilliam Katz joins Mark to discuss his job as talent coordinator on The Tonight Show in NY, Johnny’s discipline, receiving a bizarre phone call from Gloria Swanson, attempting to book Betty Grable, and discovering David Brenner at an audition.

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