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Great American Comedy Festival June 14-17

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

The Great American Comedy Festival was created in 2008 to pay tribute to the legacy of Norfolk’s favorite son, Johnny Carson. This year, to help mark the 25th year since Johnny Carson stepped down as host of The Tonight Show, the Great American Comedy Festival is bringing to Norfolk four people key to the show’s success — its writers. As well as a fifth who played an instrumental role in the creation of "There's... Johnny!" a new television situation comedy focused on Carson and The Tonight Show. The festival runs from June 14-17th and this years panel of writers will all be on stage at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. for the free 90-minute event organized by Jeff Sotzing, Johnny’s nephew and a former producer of The Tonight Show. Read more about the writer's panel event and the Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Nebraska here:
Link - http://www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com/comedy-festival-to-feature-tonight-show-writers-panel/

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FREE Father's Day Shipping with $25 Order

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments


Get FREE Shipping on all Orders of $25 or more with Coupon Code: DADDAY01. Coupon is good this weekend only through 6/11/17 (within the continental USA.)  Father's Day is June 18th, so we've got this limited time offer to help you get something that Dad will truly enjoy. Check out our Special Promotional Offers section for some great one of a kind items: Vintage Johnny Carson Apparel Ties, Official 8x10s from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Replica Pencil Sets and great Deals on DVDs! There's plenty to choose from and FREE Shipping to help make it happen. Don't delay, the FREE Shipping is only good through Sunday and Father's Day is next weekend. So Shop now! Happy Father's Day Dads, we hope you get what you want. 

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“Golden Age” of Stand-Up Comedy on TV

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

There seems to be some hip TV nostalgia brewing for what is now seen as the “Golden Age” of Stand-Up Comedy. In 1972, Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show famously moved from New York to Burbank, California and in 70’s L.A. a new Club scene began to explode. For most of these young comedians the goal was to get on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. This summer Carson fans get two TV shows focusing on that magic period of time. The first is “There’s… Johnny!” a behind the scenes look at The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson circa 1972 from NBCUniversal’s Seeso which debuts on August 24th.


The second is Showtime’s New Series about the Sunset Strip Comedy Scene in the ‘70s, “I’m Dying Up Here” based on the 2009 nonfiction book of the same name that premieres June 4th. With both of these two TV shows coming out this summer, 2017 continues to be a good year to be a Carson fan. Check out the Trailer for “There’s... Johnny!” and read the two articles linked below for a trip back to an era that was ruled by the King of Late Night:

A Look Back at the ‘70s L.A. Club Scene That Gave Rise to Comedy Legends
- Vulture.com

Inside Showtime’s New Series About the Sunset Strip Comedy Scene in the ’70s - LAWeekly.com

 

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Twenty-Five Years Ago the finale

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

Twenty-Five years ago today, 50 million people tuned in to see the final Tonight Show that Johnny Carson would host. It would go down in history as one of the most watched television finales in history. And would forever be remembered by fans as the night Johnny said goodbye. Here at JohnnyCarson.com we're celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this historic finale with some special promotional offers for you, the fans, who are still with us after all these years. Along with that we thought you might enjoy this special behind-the-scenes look of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson from the weeks leading up to the finale, as well as Johnny's final heartfelt goodbye. We hope you fans will turn on an old show and watch and laugh and remember. Things have really changed in the 25 years since Johnny retired. But I'd like to think the classy humor from The King of Late Night has always remained the same, and it's nice to remember. 

You might also enjoy reading this article with Jeff Sotzing about - Johnny Carson — the King of Late Night, and of Good Manners

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Twenty-Five Years Ago today

Posted on May 21, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 1 comment



 It was Twenty-Five Years ago that Johnny Carson would host his last two shows of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Famously in the meeting after the penultimate show on May 21st, 1992, Producers Peter Lassally, Jeff Sotzing and Johnny questioned how they'd be able to top that evenings show. It was just that good. The Penultimate show was the last show with guests, and the last two guests were Robin Williams and Bette Midler, both at the peak of their fame and careers. Bette Midler won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program with her performance of "One More for My Baby" that night. She also sang a duet with Johnny of "Here's That Rainy Day", Johnny's favorite song,  as well as "You Made Me Watch You" with lyrics that she'd written specifically for the show with piano player Marc Shaiman.


It was truly the end of an era, we would never see another show just like this in our lifetimes and while most of America realized that something special was happening, twenty-five years later we realize we were all watching a part of history in the making. 

If you'd like to relive some of that history, I highly recommend listening to the Carson Podcast with Marc Shaiman (mentioned above) discussing the preparation and performance of the penultimate show with Bette Midler. Here's a link.

 


And then dust off your copy of The Ultimate Collection and turn on Disc 3. Happy Anniversary! 

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