Why did countless Americans tune in to The Tonight Show? Because no matter the guests, there was one single constant the viewer could rely on.
After the first year of hosting my daily chat show at the Edinburgh Fringe (which is still running thirteen years later), Brian Luff gave me one of the best pieces of advice I have had in my broadcast career. It went something like this: “I listened to the Fringe podcasts, but now I’ve met you I have to ask… why is the ‘you’ that I see in front of me not in the podcast? I want to spend time with that person.” You can have the latest names, the greatest guests, and the biggest world-changing ideas, but these will only get people
This should be fun. The Carson Podcast interviews comedians who have one thing in common – they all got their big break from Johnny Carson and ‘The Tonight Show’ Now available in iTunes and via RSS.
Delightful archive article from 1978 on The Tonight Show, and a look at Johnny Carson’s reign on late-night US television. I wonder if we’ll look back at Fallon’s time with such detail and honesty? During the monologue on May 11, 1977, he finds, as sometimes happens, that certain words are emerging from his mouth in slightly garbled form. He wrinkles his brow in mock alarm, shrugs, and presses on to the next sentence: â€œYetserday, U.S. Steel announced. . .â€ He pauses, realizing what he has said, turns quizzically to McMahon, and observes, â€œ â€˜Yesterdayâ€™ is not a hard word to
You know what looks a good read for the summer? The War for Late Night. If it’s anything like Bill Carter’s previous book (which would be The Late Shift, essentially Leno vs. Carson), then it will be wonderful, humorous, and disappointing all at the same time.
Iâ€™ve been watching the fun and games over The Tonight Show with a mixture of awe and incredulity. It shouldnâ€™t be a surprise to regular readers that I have a huge amount of respect for Johnny Carson â€“ in fact the single phrase I pushed as the â€œtakeawayâ€ from my â€œHow to interview peopleâ€ session at Blogworld Expo was Watch lots of Carson. Upshot is, popular late night host Conan Oâ€™Brien is now leaving The Tonight Show for destinations unknown. While itâ€™s likely that Fox will eventually take him on board, there will be a lot of people (Revision3!) suggesting