Johnny Carson debuts on The Tonight Show 55 years ago

Posted on October 01, 2017 by Dave - Carson Entertainment Group | 1 comment

On October 1, 1962, Fifty-Five Years ago tonight, Americans were introduced to 37 year old Johnny Carson, on his Television debut hosting NBC’s Tonight Show. Johnny would become America’s night light and the King of Late Night for close to 30 years. A title that he holds still to this day.

The show was recorded live from Studio 6B in New York airing at 11:15pm and was a whopping 105 minutes long! Groucho Marx was featured for the first 15 minutes of the show performing a monologue and introducing Johnny.

Then at 11:30, after a commercial break. Ed made this famous introduction:  “And now.. From New York The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Johnny’s guest tonight are Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, The Phoenix Singers, Skitch Henderson and the NBC Orchestra and me… I’m Ed McMahon. Right now lets welcome the fella you waited six months to see!”

And as they say, the rest is history.

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  • Rob Kates

    The start of something big! Johnny was truly the gold standard. David Letterman has said that everyone doing late night since Johnny is doing it in vain, just trying to be as good as Johnny. Johnny knew that he would look good if his guests were at their best. Johnny did not need to hog the spotlight. He actually listened to his guests (what a concept). Today’s late night hosts ore ok, but there was only one Johnny. The king of late night.


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