March 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Congratulations and thanks for your work with these interviews. My brother told me about them, and they really are as golden as all the memories we have from those years.
Hope you can continue with many others!
March 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm
Thanks so much for this excellent podcast! I am really enjoying your interviews, especially Dick Cavett and Tom Dreesen. I watched Johnny from a very young age until his retirement. You are doing a great job getting some very revealing information about the man. I always say to my kids that Johnny taught me what was funny. Now, my teenage sons actively seek out any material from Johnny’s shows on Youtube, etc.
Keep up the great work and thank you again!
April 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Mark, great theme for a podcast. I listen while running. Minor suggestion–I do an industry podcast and listen to many. You have great insight but you talk over your guests a little too much. Dial it back a bit but keep going. Regards
April 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm
Excellent podcast, I enjoy it immensely. One comment for improvement, try to keep your guests closer to the microphone. Your interview with Dick Cavett was really good but sometimes it was hard to hear him.
April 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm
A simple note of thanks. I’m loving the show and wish you much success!
April 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm
Really enjoy these interviews. Good luck and hope you get David Steinberg..b
May 6, 2014 at 5:38 am
excellent podcast. Those of us old enough to have had the privilege of being entertained by Johnny Carson know that we were in the presence of a rare talent that is not likely to come our way again. The combination of style, class, basic Midwest decency from a different age and sheer talent combine with what appears to be an inherent shyness and the impishness of a little boy to make him an endlessly fascinating character; one we can’t seem to get enough of. Please get the old timers to give their thoughts and insights on the man while we still have them!
May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am
Thank you for hours of stimulating conversation on your podcast. Your knowledge and preparation for each podcast is evident and the ease at which your guests reveal their experiences is a tribute to your skills and ability. Your look “behind the curtain” is fascinating and captivating. Once again thank you.
May 21, 2014 at 11:33 am
I’m enjoying your podcast very much. The guests are so entertaining and you are so knowledgeable about Johnny and his guests. Your questions are outstanding. Thank you!
May 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm
Thank you for the outstanding and inspiring podcast. As an aspiring comedy writer, I find each episode enlightening and highly entertaining. Just listened to Phil Rosenthal. It killed. One suggestion. I think you should use his highly memorable line from that interview in your intro…or perhaps your outro. “There are lots of presidents…there’s only one Johnny Carson.” That sort of sums up the entire ethos of your podcast quite nicely.
July 6, 2014 at 10:35 am
Mark – great podcast! Thanks!
July 7, 2014 at 11:55 am
Great podcast! Is now one of my favorites! Two problems with the audio, however: 1) I listen to podcasts with only one earphone in my ear, so that I can listen safely while driving — please record in MONO! Stereo recording makes it impossible to hear both you and your guest clearly. I don’t have this problem with any other podcasts. 2) Please do not use automatic level-control recording mode. This causes a terrible hiss to come out in the gaps when no one is speaking, and is very annoying. Otherwise, I greatly enjoy your guests and the conversations!
July 10, 2014 at 11:28 am
Mark, Wonderful work with your podcast. I’m impressed with your ability to get such a variety of guests to speak with and you do a great job. Your enthusiasm and energy, as Peter Lassally said is a tremendous asset.
Keep up your great work.
August 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm
Hi – Found your podcast on I-Tunes. In a word FANTASTIC! You do a great job of interviewing and getting the guests to talk about the behind the scenes stuff that most people don’t know about. I also like how you talk about the guests career along with all the Carson inside info. A top 5 podcast for me. Thanks!
August 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Just wantd to drop a note to say that I really enjoy the Carson Podcast. It is so interesting to hear the behind the scenes details of Johnny and his guests. I look forward to each new episode. Mark, your excitement is a delight. You have me hooked!
August 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Mark, I love the podcast and your enthusiasm. Its now my favorite and I look foward to new ones. I wish you good luck and keep up the excellent work!
August 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Great podcast. Bring back Dick Cavett. Larry MIller would be a great guest.
September 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm
I’ve been listening to your Podcast for a few weeks now, and I love it! As soon as I saw it on iTunes I knew I had to grab it!
Its so great that you started this because I know there are a lot of people who, like me, stayed to 1:00 in the morning, and then
hopped on the school bus blurry eyed from watching Johnny all night.
That was in the early 70s mind you, but I loved the idea of being on top of show biz stories and felt hip watching the show.
Even though I lived next to a dairy farm. As a matter of fact, you may know, Doc Severinsen lived in Sussex County, NJ, and his kids went to my school. So that was a commute for him.
I do have a good Mel Brooks story though. I worked at Random House in the 1980s and Mel came in one day to visit his cousin Howard Kaminsky. Well the news spread pretty fast and I left my office to hopefully “bump” into Mel. But Mel stayed in Howard’s office for a while and I had to get back to work. I get to the lobby and than step into the elevator, when I hear “hold the elevator!” I hold the elevator door, and who walks in? Mel Brooks!!
My brain is now exploding with what? A million one liners of course. I hold my hand out and tell him I’m a big fan. He shakes it politely.
Then as I shake I say “I guess you never thought you’d be meeting ME today! Mel laughed! I made Mel Brooks laugh!
It was a good day. And I have a great story.
Thanks for the Podcast.
September 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm
I’m loving every minute of your Pod Cast1
September 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Thanks for all the great guests and memories. I struggle to hear them week after week – please do something about the volume. No other podcast gives me the same trouble, so I’m pretty sure my ears are fine!
October 8, 2014 at 3:19 am
Interesting Buck Henry interview, but the podcast was so quiet that I had to turn the volume up sky high and even then it was hard to hear. It’s been like this for several podcasts now, and really needs to be fixed pronto!
Any luck getting interviews from anybody in the Tonight Show band, or maybe a long time stage hand about setting up for the show?
October 8, 2014 at 8:15 am
Thanks for letting us know, Milt. We’re trying different methods to increase the volume. This weeks episode with the Amazing Kreskin should hopefully be louder. If it’s quiet try re-downloading it (we just put up a new louder version.) I’d love to have Doc on an episode. We have a gentleman who held the curtain open for Johnny for something like twenty years coming on the show.
October 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Mark, finally seeing your picture, I wonder how you were even aware of the Tonight Show, going back to the days of truly limited content! I mean only the 3 networks, meant for tremendous shared moments the next day. Finally heeding your request to review your podcast, lead me here. And what a treat seeing current pictures of guests my brothers and I enjoyed oh so many years ago. Can it be it has been more than 50 years since Johnny was on. My goodness he came in to our homes every night. He was like a friend. And I think it was Orson Bean who said Johnny liked conversation, lacking in today’s shows. Its true. How else could you have a guest on every 3 months, or with even greater frequency.
Your show is a hit with me, and all my friends in Northern California. Thanks for what you are doing to revive the art of conversation!
Now here is a question: Can you give us a heads up as to who you will be next interviewing? And I think the Buck Henry interview was one of the best so far, FYI!
October 24, 2014 at 7:31 am
Great stuff, Mark. I’m just wondering if you can ask one of the inner circle a question regarding this:
In one episode of “Dinner For Five”, Jon Favreau guest Burt Reynolds recounts a conversation with Freddie DeCordova in which Burt asks what this wall with names is, and it’s explained to him that it’s a blacklist of guests who will never be on the show. I’d love to know who all those names were.
November 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm
What a great podcast! Thanks so much for taking the time and keeping the Carson love going. I’m 42 and used to watch Carson every night with my parents every night before bedtime. I also took up trumpet in band because of Doc Severinson.
I’m finding myself cheering for you every time you score another big interview.
Keep it up!
November 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Enjoy your podcast. It makes my drive to work so much more enjoyable.
Jack Douglas was the writer with his wife Reiko who were frequent talk show guest that Buck Henry was referred to but could not remember their names.
November 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
I love your podcasts and I love hearing the stories. Thumbs up! You make my work commute enjoyable!!
November 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Love the show!. You do a great job of getting the big interview.
One request. I love the shows that are focused on Johnny Carson & the Tonight show. Shows like Tom Dresen & Jim Fowler. These shows stayed on the topic of this podcast. Johnny Carson. Other programs spend more time becoming a career retrospective of the guest, and stray from the Carson topic. We are here because of our admiration for Johnny.
Just a thought…. Keep up the great work.
December 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm
My wife and I love your podcast, and we want to encourage you to keep up the great work. I was fortunate enough to appear twice on the Tonight Show with Carson during the 1980’s and your podcast brings back many fond memories of my experience. My partner and I did a juggling act that involved throwing knives around Carson(The Raspyni Brothers)he emerged unscathed, but the experience definitely did change me forever.
All the best
December 21, 2014 at 12:24 am
Loving these podcasts, Mark. Thank you for bringing all these great memories to life.
February 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm
I love your interviews and podcasts. Just read an article in Sports Illustrated that Johnny thought that Bob Uecker (over 100 appearances) was the funniest man alive. Check it out and keep up the good work.
All the best,
February 12, 2015 at 1:02 am
You are doing a great job! Mark, can you please find out how history has been rewritten to make so many people claim that the Zsa Zsa cat incident never happened? Snopes reports that it didn’t happen. I vividly recall seeing the episode myself, and laughed my myself silly! Johnny’s reply was perfectly timed. I assume that Zsa Zsa lawyered up and got Johnny to deny it in the Jane Fonda appearance, but it is odd that it has been covered up so well.
April 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm
I wanted to commend you for YOUR growth as these interviews continue. When you first started you tended to interject and even finish sentences or stories if the subject took a beat.
You’ve done a rare thing and listened to your critics and I wanted to take the time to commend you!
I just finished your last interview with Irving Davis. Surprisingly, he was your most “inside” and therefore one of the most interesting
interviews. I was very, very sorry to hear the interview only lasted 1/2 hour. You could have spent an hour alone on the person that attacked Johnny. WHAT? I never heard this before and wish you followed up. He handed you a diamond- as far as I can see very quickly there is nothing on the internet on this. In addition his impressions of celebrities were invaluable. I wish you pursued
how more people treated this man. I assume he didn’t wish to expand upon his “one incident” that he felt wronged and that you followed up and edited- There seemed to be at least 5-10 obvious edits…..
Anyway, I love the show! Your enthusiasm still shows through and skills are improving with each interview. Only thing I’d ask is that you listen to the answers to the questions and follow through and worry less about getting through your prepared questions!
Keep up the great work!
April 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm
Thank you thank you.
Thank you for an entertaining look into this cultural phenomenon.
I grew up watching Johnny, and your podcast means a lot to me.
May 16, 2015 at 8:45 am
Great stuff. Thanks for all the time and energy you put into this. Makes me miss Johnny even more!
May 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Mark, it’s been a long time now between shows. We need more! It’s my favorite podcast.
May 29, 2015 at 7:14 am
Is the podcast coming back?
June 5, 2015 at 11:47 am
Absolutely love the podcasts!!! Are there more coming?
June 26, 2015 at 12:22 am
Glad the shows resumed – I was worried when you went on hiatus.
Thanks for the entertainment and memories!
February 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm
Last week on the day I returned home from the hospital having had back surgery an associate tipped me to your Carson Podcast series. Since then the enjoyment I have gotten from these Podcast has greatly reduced my awareness of pain. Excellent Mark.
In the 1970’s Johnny Carson had the penthouse apartment six buildings down from where I was living with my parents. The building where we lived had a bar in the lobby area which became party central when the Yankees were in town for spring training. Not often, but every so often Johnny would pop in for a cocktail. I began seeing him during his daily walks on Gault Ocean Mile, at the lobby bar and around town. When we were near each other he would say “kid are you stalking me” to which I replied “yes”. I made Johnny laugh!
Keep up the great podcast series. Jack
April 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm
What a treat to be interviewed by you! Congrats on your podcasts. You are a class act!
June 1, 2016 at 12:49 am
Recently I started listening to–and enjoying immensely–your podcasts. I’ve heard several thus far, my favorite being Orson Bean.
I have a suggestion for someone you might enjoy interviewing, if you can get him. Just the other day the name Monti Rock III popped into my head. You’ve probably heard of him. He was on the Tonight Show a number of times, mostly in the 1970s, I believe. He was a rather odd, flamboyant performer (singer /musician). I always found his conversations with Johnny to be a bit off-beat, but interesting. My understanding is that he is still out there performing somewhere, and that he’s gotten even stranger then he was during his years with Carson. Perhaps you have already contacted him; if not, perhaps you should try. In the meantime, thank you for your excellent, enjoyable podcast!!
September 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm
Hi Mark, Really enjoy the podcasts. have you tried to get Bob Uecker. he would make an excellent guest. Maybe once the baseball season ends.
November 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm
Really enjoy the podcasts, Mark. One of my favorites is the one with Florence Henderson. I don’t know if you ever re-run episodes, but since her passing, more people might like to hear her.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday yesterday!
December 18, 2016 at 6:47 am
Any chance that you could interview Phyllis Newman if she’s available? She’d be delightful to hear about her many appearances! Love your podcast, thanks.
December 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Fantastic podcasts. I have been listening for about a year and am working my way through older episodes. I respect how much prep you put into every episodes and it really makes for a great product. I have noticed many times that your guests are impressed by your knowledge of the subject.
I am interested in collecting as much video content of the carson shows with the least duplication and I was wondering if you by any chance had a master shopping list?
Thanks again for all the hard work.
December 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Love the podcast. Just curious as to why you haven’t interviewed Don Rickles or Bob Newhart yet.
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