Written by Melinda Wittstock.
A blast from the past for the nostalgic among us who love great comedy from a time when the world seemed simpler, calmer, and more optimistic—a time when great comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Ellen DeGeneres got their start.
For 30 years, Johnny Carson reigned as the King of Late Night, entertaining the nation with hilarious monologues, celebrity interviews, and wacky comedy sketches. The Johnny Carson Show podcast draws from the official library of The Tonight Show with hilarious clips chosen and curated by Johnny Carson’s producers. Host and comedian Will Shriner also provides a unique behind-the-scenes look and insider view of the show and its guests, including Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Oprah Winfrey, Charles Grodin, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, and Garry Shandling.
The jokes and sketches are timeless, if at times a “politically incorrect” lens into pre-woke days when Rivers’ fat shaming Elizabeth Taylor was a running joke, and interviews with women focused more on their looks than brains. All the same, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud in a welcome respite from the heaviness and anxieties prompted by our current times.
July 2020 Issue