Who was Johnny Carson’s first guest on “The Tonight Show”?
Answer: Johnny Carson walked out from behind the curtain to host The Tonight Show for the first time on October 1, 1962, replacing Jack Paar, who had earlier replaced Steve Allen. In front of a television audience of eight million, Carson was introduced by legendary film comic Groucho Marx, who was also Carson’s first guest. Although no footage is known to remain of Carson’s very first broadcast, photographs taken that night survive, as does an audio recording of Groucho Marx’s introduction and Carson’s first monologue.
Julius Henry Marx, known professionally as Groucho Marx, was an American writer, comedian, stage, film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.
Born: 2 October 1890, New York City, New York, United States
Died: 19 August 1977, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Books: The Groucho Letters: Letter From And To Groucho Marx, more
TV shows: You Bet Your Life, The Tonight Show, Deputy Seraph
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.