The show is Carson Classics. Each segment is a collection of snippets of some of the best moments of hilarity and goofiness from the Tonight Show while Johnny Carson was the host, or as many of us called it, The Johnny Carson Show. In my opinion, Johnny Carson wasthe best host ever on the Tonight Show. Others have been good; Johnny was simply the best.
One of the segments I watched this morning was from a 1978 show, and I was particularly enjoying a few things:
- Johnny in his bold plaid sports jacket!! Hard to believe those were once in fashion.
- I noticed some segments of his show went on and on. If the hilarity was good, they didn't shut it off! Oh, for the days of live TV with the control being in the hands of the people on the set, not the ones who paid for the commercials!
- There were microphones in front of everyone. No clip-ons that follow voices all over the stage, so things were sometimes made more funny by what you couldn't hear!
- The humor was almost all clean. A few references with innuendo, but not a lot. And it was funnier because there was a lot more play on words to deliver a point. Many commedians now just aren't funny to me because they can't say two sentences without foul language, and while I'm not a prude (I've been known to use, ahem, a few bad words) it just isn't funny to hear so much poo-poo punctuation in the lines.
I especially enjoyed his list of things from a "new" book out called Hottest New Business Ideas of 1978. These caught my attention and made me chuckle, while the audience was amazed at them:
- Books being recorded on tape so you could listen to them
- A remote control to start a car from inside the house
- An instant thermometer, like a bandaid strip that you placed on the forehead; "N" showed up for no fever, "F" if there was a fever present.
- A man who was doing videotapes of homes for a Real Estate Broker, so he didn't have to leave his office, saving time in showing customers the properties.
- A "bark light" that turned on when the dog barked. A forerunner to the "clap-on, clap-off" lights?
- Shoe inserts that had water between two layers of foam, keeping the feet cool and comfortable.
The best part of it all is that I laughed and laughed for about 45 minutes while I watched the show. What a fabulous way to wake up! And thank goodness for DVRs, so I don't have to wake up at 6:00 to get my dose of laughter!
I miss Johnny Carson.