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  • He had his quirks, but he was the best at what he did

    • by Orrymain

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      He’s been gone way to long, and it really even hasn’t been that long. I miss Johnny Carson and his unique ability to make television talk funny. He had his quirks, but he was the best at what he did. No one came close to equaling him when he was alive, and no one is close now.

      Johnny Carson’s reign as the head of The Tonight Show will never be surpassed. He could take a nothing joke, twist it around, and have everyone laughing. He had timing. It was perfect. He knew just

      when the rear back and when to back fun of himself. Oftentimes, it was the disaster jokes that ended up being the best part of his monologues.

      Perhaps the thing that most sets him apart from the pretenders who would be talk show kings (or queens, as the case may be) was Johnny Carson’s ability to respond to a non-responsive guest, or to the guest that answered in an unexpected way. Jay Leno, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, et. al., just never knew how to handle those moments like Johnny did.

      My favorite Johnny Carson moment was when he ...

      • came back from vacation and his guest host, Don Rickles, had broken his cigarette box. Rickles was actually filming a TV show at the same time as The Tonight Show was taping. Johnny actually took the camera, filming, and barged in on the set, surprising Rickles and the entire crew. It was hysterical. I don’t care how many times I see that bit, I die laughing every time.

        Another amazing fact. Johnny Carson could laugh at himself. His personal life made headlines, though he would have preferred they didn’t. Still, he took

        the divorces and led them provide the humor. Of course, he did the same with his sidekicks.

        Johnny Carson was class. He left the talk show biz on his terms when he felt it was right, and when he left, he stayed gone. That was sad and hard to take because there is only one Johnny Carson. When he died, the reality hit home. There would never again be those priceless laughs. Carnac, Aunt Flabby, and so many other priceless characters would now just live on in videotape. Thank goodness for those!

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