Late-night television changed forever when Johnny Carson handed over "The Tonight Show" to Jay Leno in May 1992.
Murray explains why he thought Letterman's first late-night show would get canceled after one episode.
Bateman immediately put on the identical sweatshirt to the one he wore during his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1984.
It was a meeting of the late night hosting minds Wednesday, as Arsenio Hall appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
In 1968, late night talk shows like "The Tonight Show" weren't expected to comment on political issues, and Carson himself didn't feel like he was the person to address subjects like racial injustice and America's presence overseas. So he turned his platform over to someone who could.
"Late Night" co-stars Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson recall with embarrassment the first times they were on the interview couch.
It's rare to be treated this way by any piece of current entertainment; enjoy Jerry Seinfeld's achievement in his new Netflix special.
'Norm Macdonald Live' is back for a new season, the host's third, and the online talk show has a full hour of David Letterman worth your time.
Not really, but at least we know Tony and Angela ended up together. Judith Light, who played Angela, is going into her fourth season of Amazon’s Transparent, a role that has garnered her much critical praise, including Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for supporting actress. Tony Danza, who played Tony, has a long career of playing characters named Tony, but he’s stretching his talents, and playing Freddie, on Seeso’s There’s … Johnny.
Jason Zinoman’s “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night (Harper),” on sale Tuesday, is a forensic biography of — I’ll just put this out here now, so you know where I stand — the greatest talk-show host ever. Zinoman, who covers the comedy beat for the New York Times, comes at David Letterman as a fan, as a critic, and as a reporter. The author knows he has to include Letterman’s failings, both professional and personal, yet his goal is to make his subtitle ring true: Letterman as “the last giant” of a TV genre that is now overrun by lesser mortals seeking niche audiences and demographic shards.
The bullet-headed comedian secured his fame insulting celebrities to their faces and working nightclub crowds with terse jokes and quick sarcasm.
When it came to critquing Star Wars, Carl Sagan was ahead of his time. During one of the many visits the astrophysicist made to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and ’80s, the host asked his guest to weigh in on the epic sci-fi movie that had swept the nation. In the clip above from 1978 (re-discovered via Reddit), Sagan, a professor of astronomy and space sciences at Cornell University, lamented that Star Wars did not take greater care with the science in its science fiction (while acknowledging “the 11-year-old in me” loved it).
Johnny Carson delivers the opening monologue at the Oscars in 1980. Back when there was only one undisputed King of Late Night, Johnny Carson owned the Oscars. This year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, is the first broadcast network late-night host to emcee since David Letterman gave it a shot in 1995.
Today, October 23rd, legendary talk show host Johnny Carson would have turned 91 years old. So in honor of his birthday – and National Talk Show Host Day – here are 5 quotes about how he inspired some of the most famous talk show hosts of today.
Chuck Berry turns 90 on Tuesday, and let’s give him his due. Yes, he was part of the first generation of 1950s rock-and-roll stars, along with towering figures such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Yes, he’s a great performer, a superb blues-based guitar player whose famous duck-walk across any stage raises the roof. ...
A new version of the venerable TV game show To Tell the Truth premieres tonight on ABC. It’s hosted by black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, and is a direct descendant of the first incarnation of the show, which aired on CBS and in syndication for a long time: 1956 to 1977. To Tell The Truth was such a success because, like all good game shows, it has a simple premise: Three contestants claim to be the same person.
Johnny Carson remains the measure against which all late-night hosts are measured. Some (like me) believe David Letterman is the better, greatest, and final old-school host, even as others can make counter-arguments ranging from pre-Carson (Steve Allen) to post-Carson (Conan O’Brien). Now you can see Johnny Carson the way he was meant to be remembered.
David Bowie: His Life On TV David Bowie’s death at age 69 due to cancer brings to an end an inspirationally restless, questing performer who was forever trying to change his music and the way he presented himself to his audience. Bowie used television for his own purposes. No, it was in performance that Bowie could vibrate most vigorously.
Stephen Colbert begins his tenure as host of the Late Show the night after Labor Day, and I’ve realized that I’m looking forward to it the way other people look forward to the first day of baseball or football season. From this perspective, count me as rooting, at least until his performance proves otherwise (sports fans are fickle), for Team Colbert. Colbert has already distinguished himself decisively from the David Letterman reign. When I saw him at a panel at this summer’s Television Critics Association gathering in Los Angeles, he looked out upon the hundred-plus members of TV-criticdom and smiled a beaming smile of beneficence, as though to say, “You may follow me or you may crucify me — do with me as you will.” Just so you know where I’m coming from: I think Letterman was the guy who brought the late-night tradition to its peak, and who also destroyed the idea of a tradition forever.