Johnny Carson

David Brenner: He Made Everyday Life Seem Funny

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a stand-up comic, David Brenner’s trademark line was “Did you ever notice … ?” Brenner, who died on March 15 at age 78 in New York City, made his living calling the myriad absurdities of everyday life to our attention — “the dumb things we say and do,” he once put it. Brenner, in fact, could get an entire routine out of, say, the frustrations that drivers experience when they have to ask for directions. Here he is, doing that …

Jay Leno Says Good Night

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | General News | Comments

EntertainmentBy Lynn Elber AP Television Writer BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Jay Leno, as affably efficient backstage as he is in front of the camera, avoids waxing poetic about his 22-year “Tonight Show” run that draws to a close Thursday. Instead, he relies on numbers to tell the story. Leno’s tenure is second only to Johnny Carson’s 30 years; “Tonight” was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon; …

The Man Who Gave Us ‘Twister’

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were a teenager at a party in the mid-1960s, and you yearned to get up close and personal with someone else, slow dancing wasn’t much of an option unless you wanted to look like a square who couldn’t do the Frug. Thank heavens, then, for Twister, the Milton Bradley party game in which participants had to contort themselves into unlikely positions by putting their hands and feet in various colored spots on a big mat, as determined randomly …

Carson and Best Guests Are Back on TCM

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentJohnny Carson wanted to book Elizabeth Taylor as a Tonight Show guest for 30 years, and in February 1992, just a few months before Carson ceded his late night throne and franchise to Jay Leno, the mercurial actress finally said yes. During the interview the two legends traded good-natured barbs about marriage and divorce (about which each of them knew more than most). It was a meeting of Hollywood royalty, and it’s one of the fascinating old-school celebrity chats to …

Paul Williams: More Alive Than Ever

Posted on 06/4/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment“I’m a pretty run-of-the mill alcoholic,” says Oscar winner Paul Williams. “I never came out of a blackout with a Russian arms dealer, or with Norman Mailer and a couple of hookers in a Paris hotel.” The 5-foot-2, bespectacled songwriter smiles. “I’d come out of a blackout in the boys department at Sears, trying on sweaters.” Paul Williams ought to be one of Hollywood’s great cautionary tales: Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe (and a nominee …

Good TV This Week: Remembering Johnny Carson

Posted on 05/13/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night,” the PBS American Masters documentary airing tomorrow night (5/14), the “Tonight Show” host is referred to as an American Sphinx – right there before our eyes, yet enigmatic.  Director Peter Jones shines a light on the more mysterious aspects of Carson’s life – the mother he could never please, the sons he felt he’d shortchanged, the wives who took a back seat to his career – in this special pegged to the 50th …