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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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Tom Moore

tom mooreTom Moore joins Mark to discuss writing for Johnny in NY and Burbank, the backstory of Pat McCormick streaking during Johnny’s monologue, and an awkward incident involving guest host Jerry Lewis.

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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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