Johnny Carson: Ellen DeGeneres, 1987

Ellen DeGeneres' early stand-up comedy act on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 21, 1987 shows her brand of funny and wacky humor. At the time, she was traveling the US doing her stand-up routine in comedy clubs and as opening acts for singers such as Dolly Parton.

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, American Masters PBS Documentary

Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life. Johnny Carson: King of Late Night explores his life, career, and complexities.

Louis C.K. on Comedy Showcase, 1995

An early performance from stand-up comedian Louis C.K., on the Louie Anderson hosted TV show, Comedy Showcase!

©1995 Home Box Office/Rysher Entertainment Productions

Dean Martin and Goldie Hawn: Dumb Is Beautiful, 1969

Dean and Goldie sing But Kaleidoscope Means... I Love You.

The Dean Martin Comedy Hour Episode 154 Dated 18 September 1969 (Season 5)

The Dean Martin Comedy Hour was shot on color videotape beginning in 1965 at Studio 4 Stage 1 inside NBC's massive color complex in Burbank, California.