24 Years Ago, Johnny Carson's Final Show
Posted on May 22, 2016 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 1 comment
On May 22, 1992, Johnny Carson ended his 30-year reign as the host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Twenty-Four years after his final broadcast, Carson remains unmatched as an American television icon.
Johnny's abilities as a television host set the standard for all late-night hosts that follow him. He was effortlessly likable, quick on his feet and always present; his monologue and guest interviews were a staple of the American cultural diet.
“Johnny is to comedy what Walter Cronkite was to news,” said Paul Block, a producer on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Indeed, America trusted Johnny to come into their living room night after night for three decades.
All late-night hosts are doing some facsimile of Johnny Carson, either implicitly or explicitly, because as David Letterman stated, Americans just wanted to be “tucked in by Johnny” at the end of their day.
Thanks for all the memories Johnny.
(Credit to Ross Luippold HuffPost Comedy Deputy Editor Why Johnny Carson Matters 20 Years After ‘Tonight Show’ Finale - article link.)