Johnny Carson

American talk show host and comedian (1925–2005)

John William Carson (23 October 192523 January 2005) was an American actor, comedian, writer, and host of The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992.

Johnny Carson


  • Who could follow Carson? Well, believe me, somebody can — and will.
    • Playboy interview (1967).
  • It was so hot today I saw a robin dipping his worm in Nestea.
    It was so hot today I saw a pigeon walking in the shadow of Orson Welles.
    It was so hot today that Burger King was singing, "if you want it your way, cook it yourself."
    • The Tonight Show (Summer 1977).
  • And so it has come to this: I, uh... am one of the lucky people in the world; I found something I always wanted to do, and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I want to thank the gentlemen who've shared this stage with me for thirty years, Mr. Ed McMahon... Mr. Doc Severinsen... and... you people watching, I can only tell you that it has been an honor and a privilege to come into your homes all these years and entertain you—and I hope when I find something that I want to do, and I think you would like, and come back, that you'll be as gracious in inviting me into your home as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night.
    • Closing words on his final Tonight Show appearance (22 May 1992).
  • I did not know that.
    • Used on many occasions and often appears in Johnny Carson parodies.

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