04:07 PM EDT 05/21/2015
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM
When NBC handed David Letterman Late Night in 1982, his offbeat humor ushered in a new era of late night.
Thirty-three years later, he's stepping down from a late-night landscape that changed around him, having stayed true to himself as the medium changed from appointment viewing to something to be easily digested the next morning in three- to four-minute clips.
"I recognized the value of it," Letterman told The New York Times back in April of his competitors' tendency to gear their shows toward digital audiences. "It's just, I didn't know what to say. You go back to your parents' house, and they still have the rotary phone. It's a little like that."
Originally posted 09/04/2014 03:15PM
Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career.
Originally posted 06/23/2014 08:00AM
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82.
Originally posted 07/23/2013 09:00AM
Twenty-one years after the King of Late Night retired from NBC's The Tonight Show after a 30-year run, Johnny Carson is back on the small screen – this time on tablets and smartphones via iTunes starting Tuesday.
Carson, who was 79 when he died of emphysema in 2005, filmed 4,351 episodes of the late-night staple.
Now, users will have the chance to discover archived appearances of some of showbiz's most iconic stars, including a young Drew Barrymore, a soon-to-be president Bill Clinton, Bette Midler – who, as Carson's final guest, memorably delivered his favorite song, "One For My Baby (And One More for the Road)" on the second-to last episode – and Ellen DeGeneres, in one of her first TV appearances ever.
Originally posted 01/25/2005 07:00AM
As fans of the late Johnny Carson placed flowers on his Hollywood Boulevard star and at a makeshift memorial in New York's Times Square Monday, the home base of TV's host of hosts, NBC's Tonight Show, paid proper tribute with an affectionate, all-star retrospective in beautiful downtown Burbank.
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