Steve Mittleman

Mark Malkoff and Steve MittlemanComedian Steve Mittleman joins Mark to discuss his Johnny appearances, writing for Gabe Kaplan, and working with Woody Allen in Radio Days.

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Rick Ludwin

Rick Ludwin and Mark Malkoff

Rick Ludwin, former NBC VP of late night and specials, joins Mark to discuss working with Johnny, trying to get Johnny back on TV after retirement, and bringing Jerry Seinfeld to NBC.

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Paul Anka

Paul Anka and Mark Malkoff

Paul Anka joins Mark to discuss composing Johnny Carson’s theme song, hiring Johnny pre-Tonight Show to write comedy material, and the lessons he learned from the Rat Pack.

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Pat Boone

Pat Boone and Mark Malkoff

Pat Boone joins Mark to discuss his memorable Carson appearances, guest hosting the Tonight Show, and competing in a cow milking contest against Doc Severinsen.

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Perry Cross

Mark Malkoff and Perry Cross

Perry Cross, Johnny’s first executive producer of The Tonight Show, joins Mark to discuss running the Tonight Show, his relationship with Johnny, and producing for Jack Paar, Ernie Kovaks, and Jerry Lewis.

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Howard Papush

Howard Papush and Mark MalkoffFormer Tonight Show talent coordinator, Howard Papush, joins Mark to discuss his memorable dealings with legendary Tonight Show guests including Gregory Peck, Warren Beatty, Shelley Winters, James Brown, Carl Sagan, and many more.

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Larry King

Larry King and Mark Malkoff

Larry King joins Mark to discuss interviewing Johnny Carson, his thoughts on Ed and Johnny’s relationship, and Johnny’s love of the Larry King sketches on Saturday Night Live.

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Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak and Mark Malkoff

Pat Sajak joins Mark to discuss his Johnny Carson appearance, being asked to guest host the TonightShow, and his late night talk show on CBS.

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Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin and Mark Malkoff

Richard Benjamin joins Mark to discuss his 33 Johnny Carson appearances, guest hosting the Tonight Show, and why going on with Johnny was like being shot out of a cannon.

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David Steinberg

David Steinberg and Mark Malkoff

David Steinberg joins Mark to discuss his 130 plus Tonight Show appearances, Carson personally asking him to guest host, and his  friendship with Johnny off camera.

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Drew Carey

Drew Carey and Mark Malkoff

Drew Carey joins Mark to discuss his Tonight Show standup debut, being called over to the couch by Johnny, and how his Carson debut changed his life.

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David Sayh

David Sayh

Comedian David Sayh talks to Mark about Johnny Carson discovering him at Catch a Rising Star in New York, his Tonight Show debut, and the helpful advice David Brenner gave him when going on the Merv Griffin Show.

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Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson

Former SNL cast member Victoria Jackson talks to Mark about her 17 appearances with Johnny Carson, being discovered by the Tonight Show’s art director which led to her Carson debut, and her favorite moments from SNL.

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Cathy Ladman

cathy ladman

Cathy Ladman joins Mark to discuss her four Johnny Carson appearances, being backstage for Roseanne Barr’s Tonight Show debut, and knowing Jerry Seinfeld before he got into comedy.

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Eddie Brill

Mark Malkoff and Eddie Brill

Comedian Eddie Brill talks to Mark about being the artistic director of the Great American Comedy Festival which honors the legacy of Johnny Carson, his 17 years working at Letterman as warm up comic and standup comedy booker, and nearly convincing Woody Allen to do standup on Letterman.

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Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson

Comedian Louie Anderson talks to Mark about his standup debut on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, being devastated after being repeatedly rejected by the Tonight Show, and the way Eddie Murphy ended up casting him in Coming to America.

 

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Irving Davis

Irving Davis and Mark Malkoff

Irving Davis joins Mark to discuss holding the famous curtain open for Johnny Carson for nearly twenty years, saving Johnny from a crazed fan charging the stage, and his nightly ritual with Johnny backstage before the show.

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Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Larry Miller talks to Mark about the chaos backstage before his Johnny Carson debut. In addition he tells one of Johnny’s favorite all time jokes.

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Ray Combs Jr.

Ray Combs

Ray Combs Jr. discusses his late father Ray Combs’ debut on the Tonight Show, Johnny discovering him while doing audience warm up on the sitcom Amen, and the details of his tragic death.

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Yakov Smirnoff

Yakov SmirnoffYakov Smirnoff joins Mark to discuss Johnny calling him over to the couch following his Tonight Show debut, Johnny speaking Russian with him on the show, and performing with the Mighty Carson Art Players.

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