"There's...Johnny!" more info and updates

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

This just in from PR.com. Iconic Television Actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Officially Joins Cast on Seeso’s “There’s...Johnny”.

After making us laugh for so many years, iconic television actress T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh is gracing the small screen again in a starring role on Seeso’s new, straight to series production, “There’s...Johnny.” Created by Paul Reiser (Mad About You) and David Steven Simon (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mad About You, Wayans Bros.), the show, set in the early 1970’s is a behind the scenes look at “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Keymáh plays Carson’s secretary and chief gatekeeper, Roz.

Best known for her hilarious characters on the groundbreaking sketch comedy show, “In Living Color,” and her other starring roles on “Cosby,” and “That’s So Raven,” T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh is enjoying sinking her teeth into this powerful new role.

“At a time where the value of women seems to be in question again, I am loving my role as a woman who handles her business in a man’s world.”

Keymáh, who took a hiatus from television work, is happy that “There’s...Johnny” came at just the right time.

“Like everyone else, I was a huge fan of Johnny Carson. Though I never got a chance to be on his show, I now feel connected to him,” says Keymáh. “That’s pretty cool. Also pretty cool is the fact that television has evolved to the point that we can spotlight a game changing show through this exciting new technology.”

Some of Keymáh’s other recent credits include: SYFY’s cult favorite franchise “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens,” and the quirky indie comedy “What Happened Last Night?”

While the highly anticipated “There’s...Johnny” has not released an official air date, fans are excited to see more from T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh. Keymáh is repped by Stewart Talent Agency.

Stay tuned for more details here at JohnnyCarson.com

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There’s … Johnny! cast has been announced

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 2 comments

This just announced, Seeso has set the cast for There’s … Johnny!, the eight episode comedy series set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson after the 1972 move to Burbank, CA. Tony Danza (Don Jon, Taxi) stars along with Ian Nelson (The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe, Suburgatory) and Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives). Also joining are T’keyah Keymah, Nate Smith, David Hoffman, Daniel Strauss and Andrew Schulz. Danza is set to play Freddie de Cordova, the executive producer of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Fred as all of you Carson fans know, was old-school Hollywood (think martinis and cigarettes) and the reigning authority — the bearer of good news and certainly bad news. Danza has a special connection to the role. He was a frequent guest of Carson’s on The Tonight Show and even guest-hosted multiple times. To read the whole announcement from yesterday click on the link to the article. We’ll keep you posted as more details are announced. Looks like 2017 is going to be another great year to be a Carson fan!

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Remembering Johnny Carson Today

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 2 comments

"He has been greatly missed. Thank God for videotapes and DVDs. In this regard, he will always be around." - David Letterman. 

"If you made Johnny Carson laugh, the sun shone. It was such a triumph for you.” - Dr. Joyce Brothers. 

“The man I adored, and miss him terribly, was Johnny Carson.” - Don Rickles. 

“I always thought Johnny Carson was just brilliant, and I used to watch him and all the comics that would be on the show every night - and I'd dream about it being me.” - Steven Wright. 

“The first time I was on 'Johnny Carson,' I remember being so scared, but the minute he started talking to me, I felt a little more comfortable because I just knew he was going to take care of me. “ - Bonnie Hunt. 

“I’ve always been a fan of a Johnny Carson because he was so great with an audience and not afraid of self-deprecating humor.” - Vince Vaughn. 

“I cried when I heard Johnny Carson died.” - Victoria Jackson. 

”To do really good topical comedy, you have to have the eye and the mind of a good newsman, and Johnny would have been a superb reporter. You can’t do good satirical commentary unless you understand what’s going on and pay attention to it. Clearly he has this great interest in the world around him.” - Ted Koppel. 

“Standing behind the curtain waiting to be introduced for my one and only appearance on The Tonight Show, all I could think of was that this shot would make my mother and father very happy. Being on television with Johnny Carson meant to them I had finally arrived.” - F. Murray Abraham. 

“He had Midwestern manners, New York brains, and Hollywood ambition — the best of three worlds” - Argus Hamilton. 

“Those 20 minutes on The Tonight Show did more for my career than speaking for two days at the Democratic National Convention.” - Bill Clinton. 

“I was on once, about a year ago. We had a wonderful time. I was nervous…very nervous. See, he is not a talk-show host. He is a national institution. We all watch him late at night to see how things play. I looked the other night and I thought, ‘How does he do it that long?’ Good writers help, but longevity belongs to those who are natural, and he was-and is-completely natural.” - Peter Jennings. 

“I can trust Johnny. He knows when to back off and when to jump in, and how to handle an animal. He knows they are sometimes potentially dangerous, but he also wants to be involved; he is braver than most people think. When we go on, he flies by the seat of his pants, and I like that. Animals are spontaneous. In his own way, he has done more than anyone else for wildlife on network TV. “ - Joan Embery. 

“He’s an extraordinarily complex man who’s been oversimplified by people trying to figure him out. I know him to be a man with feelings, even though there’s almost an industry of people trying to write that he hasn’t any.” - Dick Cavett. 

“He’s the definition of a gentleman — a very graceful, very private, somewhat gallant man. Unlike 99 percent of the people in the business, he doesn’t have a coarse bone in his body. Carson has a very specific genius, which is an ability to spontaneously cast whoever it is who sits in that chair in the best possible way. If you just follow his lead, he will make sure that you look wonderful.” - Elizabeth Ashley. 

“What makes him different from the other talk-show hosts is that his main objective seems to be to make the guest come off good…he understands the teamwork ethic.” - Beau Bridges. 

“I enjoyed watching Carson most when the monologue was bombing because that’s when he’s at his best. His recoveries were some of the funniest things ever done on television. I also think his genuine sense of Midwest humor was a key to the success. The television camera is an X-ray machine. You don’t fool that machine.” - Tim Conway. 

“The first time I did his show, he said, ‘Good evening.’ I said, ‘Good evening,’ and we just stood there. He said, ‘That’s all you’re going to say?’ I said, ‘For 320 dollars’ — which is what they paid back then — ‘that’s all you deserve.'” - Joey Bishop. 

“He’s got a purity to him — an unbelievable honesty, a naïveté and innocence — and he truly cares about the world and people. The audience can tell it. He tries very hard not to show that tenderness, I think, but he is a tender, sweet man.” - Buddy Hackett. 

“In comedy, you don’t get points for being ahead of the times any more than you do for being behind them. Johnny was always exactly right on time.” - David Steinberg.

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50 years since 'Pretty Little Dolly'

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

On Friday Dec. 15, 1966, Sleepy Hollow resident Mona Abboud Auer performed “The Pretty Little Dolly” song live on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The obscure little song might not have become a huge hit, but watch as Mona sings this little ditty, and Johnny does what he does so well. As many of you know, most of the material from the the first ten years of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson no longer exist, so it’s great that this clip survived and we can get a glimpse into the beginning of Johnny’s reign as King of Late Night. We had planned to blog about this during the holidays, but the holiday season biz took priority, so better late than never. Also be sure and check out the following article about Mona’s appearance here.

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Johnny Carson’s Shure SM33 Microphone

Posted on December 26, 2016 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 0 comments

In April of 2005, 4 month’s after Johnny Carson passed away, an anonymous bidder snatched a piece of TV history, offering $50,787 for the microphone that sat prominently on the desk of late-night king Johnny Carson from the late 1960s until the 1980s. The 10-pound Shure model SM33 ribbon microphone had a label on it that bluntly declares: "Johnny's Mic... Not Ed's... Not Fred's" — a reference to announcer Ed McMahon and producer Fred DeCordova.

The microphone was saved from a trash bin two decades before by "The Tonight Show" chief boom operator Stan Sweeney. It was still in great working order when it was auctioned. 

The story of how it was rescued is a cool one, we’ve attached a letter of provenance from Stan Sweeney that tells of how he rescued the mic when Studio #1 was being remodeled and upgraded.

Since it’s auction we believe the microphone has remained in the collection of the anonymous bidder. We’d love to know more about the collector and the collection and what’s become of this one-of-a-kind collectable. A mic like this had never come to auction before and I wonder what would a Carson fan pay for this today?

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