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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

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

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

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!

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

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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Fritz Coleman

fritz colemanFritz Coleman joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, Fred deCordova, and saying goodbye to Johnny prior to his final show.

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Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold and Mark MalkoffTom Arnold joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearance in July 1990 with Roseanne, being in a greenroom with Johnny at NBC’s Bob Hope 90th Birthday, and his 30 Letterman appearances.

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Bob Shayne

Bob Shayne Bob Shayne joins Mark to discuss working as a Tonight Show talent coordinator, convincing Johnny to book an unknown Steve Martin, and Monty Python’s appearance with guest host Joey Bishop.

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Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr. and Mark MalkoffEd Begley Jr. joins Mark to discuss Johnny asking him Trivial Pursuit questions, going on with guest host Garry Shandling, and his standup duo act with Michael Richards.

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Bob Einstein Returns!

Bob Einstein and Mark Malkoff Bob Einstein talks to Mark about his Johnny appearances, his second Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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Shelly Cohen

Shelly Cohen and Mark MalkoffShelly Cohen joins Mark to discuss his 30 years at The Tonight Show, conducting the NBC Orchestra, Ed McMahon’s nightclub act, and Johnny playing in a ping pong tournament at his home.

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Tom Green

Tom Green and Mark MalkoffTom Green joins Mark to discuss studying Carson in preparation for his MTV late night show, his friendship with Ed McMahon, and guest hosting for David Letterman.

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Carol Siskind

Carol SiskindCarol Siskind joins Mark to discuss her Johnny appearances, why she was relieved at The Tonight Show the times she was “bumped”, and her role as The Potato Lady on The Larry Sanders Show.

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Judy Collins

Judy CollinsSinger Judy Collins chats with Mark about her Johnny Carson appearances, her love for David Letterman, her new book Cravings: How I Conquered Food, and the difficulties of being the musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 1979.

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John Davidson

John DavidsonJohn Davidson joins Mark to discuss his Carson appearances, guest hosting The Tonight Show 87 times, and Johnny being amused when he forgot his lyrics while performing a song.

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Joel Grey

Joel Grey and Mark Malkoff Actor Joel Grey joins Mark to discuss singing without pants on The Tonight Show, presenting Johnny with a life-sized poster invite to his Las Vegas opening, and winning the Academy Award in 1973 for Cabaret.

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Pete Barbutti

Pete BarbuttiPete Barbutti joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, being banned from doing the show with Johnny for many years due to an incident involving Mel Tormé, and Johnny’s plans of taking the Tonight Show to Las Vegas.

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David Tolley

David TolleyPianist/composer David Tolley joins Mark to discuss being in the Tonight Show audience when he was randomly chosen by Johnny to play piano, the phone ringing off the hook with offers, and the show tracking him down to make a second appearance.

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