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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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Fritz Coleman

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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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