Johnny finds comfort in Ed McMahon's arms on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
Jimmy Kimmel was not the only television personality to have his show hijacked by a guest. In 1953 Johnny Carson hosted a 5:00 show on KNXT in Los Angeles. He had a running joke with Red Skelton, the biggest star on CBS at the time. When Skelton appeared Carson would not have him speak, siting that the show had run out of time. After a few weeks of this Skelton appeared on the show with Carson, who was tied to his chair and gagged.
This short film was produced by NBC in 1987 as a thank you to Johnny Carson on his 25th Anniversary as the host of The Tonight Show. It is a labor of love that holds up years and years after its original airing. Enjoy!
Fred de Cordova leaves the set when Johnny's joke bombs.
Dean Martin surprises Johnny Carson on the anniversary of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1973.
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara perform a stand-up routine on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
Johnny Carson asks David Letterman how he feels about Jay Leno being the new host of "The Tonight Show" in 1991.
Johnny and Dolly engage in a conversation that takes quite an interesting turn.
From The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
As Willis Mumford at the Dean Martin Roast.
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (May 14, 1993).
Although it's hard to be totally sure, it's very likely the doll used for "mom" is Shirley from Mego's short lived and rare Laverne and Shirley line (shown started at about 3 minutes in).
Steve Martin tells Johnny Carson he has to leave on The Tonight Show in 1978.
Jerry Seinfeld's very first appearance on "The Tonight Show" (6 May 1981)
Jim Carrey does his Kevin Bacon and Wile E. Coyote impressions on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1991.
Elizabeth Taylor talks about her many marriages on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1991.