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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Limited Exclusive Vintage items Coming Soon!

Posted on May 04, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 10 comments
Twenty-Five years ago the final month of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson began to air on April 27th 1992. In honor of this anniversary we want to celebrate with you fans!

So listen up Carson fans, we've got some really cool vintage items that we'll be posting to the website this month as part of the 25th anniversary celebration and for the upcoming Father's Day holiday. We get a lot of requests for the items that we'll be posting and since they're vintage we'll have VERY limited quantities and it will all be first come first served. If this sounds like something you're interested in and would like to get a first look drop us a comment below and we'll put together a list, and be sure and sign up for our newsletter as we'll announce to newsletter subscribers first. Last year's Father's Day promotion Sold Out within hours of us releasing the newsletter so we wanted to give you fans some notice. Happy 25th Anniversary of the last month of the greatest late night show in Television history! And stay tuned as we have More To Come...

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Check out a Teaser for There's... Johnny!

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

Tonight the upcoming Seeso show There's... Johnny! has it's premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. And today a teaser of the series was released so we thought you Carson fans would love to check it out. I'm enthralled with the set that was created for this series! The debut is tonight at 6pm and they'll be screening 2 episodes followed by a panel discussion moderated by CNN media analyst and Sirius radio host Bill Carter (who was also the author of “The Late Shift”.)  Ordered to series last year, the show is set backstage at Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in 1972 and follows two young staffers “as they both try to find their way and prove themselves in this period of cultural and political upheaval.” So check out the teaser and get excited for the debut on Seeso on August 24th. Also, here's a link to a great article by co-creator David Steven Simon titled When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again: The Return of Mr. Carson. 

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There's... Johnny! at Tribeca Film Festival

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

There's... Johnny! World Premiere is coming up at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27. It's 1972, and everyone goes to bed together... with Johnny Carson, TV's biggest star. 19 year old Nebraskan Andy Klavin stumbles his way into a gig as a gofer at Carson's "The Tonight Show" and into a world that will change his life. There's… Johnny! takes a fictional comedic trip back in time, to go behind the man in front of the curtain, and look at the lives and loves of the people who make all of America laugh.

The Pilot episode will have it's world premiere on April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival and then after the episode: A conversation with creator Paul Reiser, executive producers David Steven Simon and David Gordon Green, and cast members Tony Danza, Ian Nelson, and Jane Levy. Moderated by critically acclaimed author, Bill Carter

Here's a link to the There's Johnny page on the Tribeca Film Festival website. https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/theres-johnny-2017

Stay tuned for more news about the show here. And in the meantime check out this cool picture of Paul Reiser on that oh so familiar set. Can't wait!

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