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The King of Late Night

In February 2014, Jimmy Fallon became the sixth host of The Tonight Show, which first aired on NBC in 1954.  In the show's long and storied history, no one hosted longer or was more beloved than Johnny Carson.

Carson graced America's televisions for thirty years behind the Tonight Show desk, debuting as host in October of 1962 and reigning supreme over the late-night airwaves until his retirement in May of 1992.

Revisit some of television's classic comedy moments and learn more about this legendary performer with these items from the Pioneer catalog.

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

During the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could. A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.


The Ultimate Collection Starring Johnny Carson : Johnny's Animal Hijinks

A knee-slapper of a DVD featuring Johnny Carson's hilarious and legendary televised moments with his non-human costars. Whenever Joan Embry or Jim Fowler graced the Tonight Show stage, Johnny Carson eagerly -- and sometimes not so eagerly -- befriended his furry, feathered, scaly, and scary animal guests. Enjoy this nostalgic collection of the wildest animal antics ever seen on late-night television.



Here's Johnny! by Ed McMahon

From the sofa to backstage to their personal relationship, Johnny's right-hand man Ed McMahon gives us the real view of the man who was so careful to only show one side of himself to the public. Only McMahon can tell the stories and provide the insights into the personality that made Johnny Carson more of a friend we invited into our home than a television star.


Best of the Tonight Show : Stand-Up Comedians

The Holy Grail for up-and-coming comics has always been an appearance on The Tonight Show; if they could make Johnny laugh, they knew they were doing something right.  Hear some of the funniest punchlines, jokes, insults, and zingers from some of the biggest and best comedians to grace Johnny Carson's stage. Includes comedians Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield, Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey and Garry Shandling, among others.


Here's Johnny! : Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late-Night Entertainer by Stephen Cox

Based on interviews with Johnny Carson and more than 50 major celebrities, this book provides a behind-the-scenes look at the longest-running late-night television show of all time and at the man who made it happen.


Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (American Masters)

Possibly the biggest star that television has ever produced, Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of his 30-year run on The Tonight Show, Carson interviewed 23,000 guests in 4,531 episodes. Watch as the life and career of one of the most beloved yet enigmatic icons in American entertainment history is explored.



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