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28th Aug '17 6:06:58 AM Malady
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWHMH2kxXs Wheel of Impressions with]] Creator/KevinSpacey. Among some of the best highlights are Spacey's spot-on impression of JohnnyCarson:

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kWHMH2kxXs Wheel of Impressions with]] Creator/KevinSpacey. Among some of the best highlights are Spacey's spot-on impression of JohnnyCarson:Creator/JohnnyCarson:
15th Aug '17 7:36:58 PM speedyboris
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* The "Beezer the Lonely Parakeet" sketch on the 8/15/91 episode. Some context: Johnny read a true story in the paper about a parakeet who tried to mate with a dinner roll. They made a sketch out of it, with Johnny narrating their troubled romance over photographs. While the photos got a few laughs, Johnny was surly about it ''really'' quickly ("We're going into the dumper."), and almost stopped the sketch early, but after being goaded to continue by Ed, [[MotorMouth he rushed through the rest as fast as he could.]]
3rd Aug '17 10:51:22 AM speedyboris
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* Steve's [[LargeHam bizarre persona when explaining the rules of Egg Russian Roulette.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-jWDBofoiY&t=0m13s Behold an example.]]
22nd Jul '17 8:32:10 AM Schroeder1174
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** It gets [[GenkiGirl particularly energetic]] when MileyCyrus [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0kF9cxaVPo plays Hashtag]].
22nd Jul '17 7:02:20 AM speedyboris
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** In one instance, Carnac tripped and ''broke the desk''!
22nd Jul '17 1:43:34 AM mlsmithca
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* 1969: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsEkR5WFlw0 George Gobel's appearance]], put in the impossible position of having to follow Creator/BobHope and Dean Martin. "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
** Of course, the best part of that interview was how Dean Martin kept discreetly tapping his cigarette ashes into Gobel's drink!

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* 1969: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsEkR5WFlw0 George Gobel's appearance]], put in the impossible position of having to follow Creator/BobHope and Dean Martin. "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
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shoes?" Of course, the best part of that interview was how Dean Martin kept discreetly tapping his cigarette ashes into Gobel's drink!



* Three words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wzA2A2T1Q "Sis Boom Bah!",]] perhaps the funniest "Carnac the Magnificent" prompt. Carson and Ed [=McMahon=] are already struggling to keep straight faces as Carson holds the envelope against his turban, and when he finally tears open the envelope and reads the card - "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes!" - it takes nearly a minute before they can stop laughing for long enough to move on to the next envelope.
** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban]]". The question: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renée_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.

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* The "Carnac the Magnificent" segments were always good for laughs, from the moment "Carnac" entered the studio and walked off in the wrong direction, then corrected himself only to trip on the step at the edge of the set at the beginning of every segment.
** Johnny's surly attitude while in character as Carnac. In one instance, after the usual long introduction by Ed, Johnny said in an annoyed tone, "Let's get on with it." A great RunningGag in these segments is when Johnny asks for complete silence while he ascertains the answers; Ed replies variants of, "You sometimes have a lot of it." Cue DeathGlare from Johnny.
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Three words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wzA2A2T1Q "Sis Boom Bah!",]] perhaps the funniest "Carnac the Magnificent" prompt. Carson Johnny and Ed [=McMahon=] are already struggling to keep straight faces as Carson Johnny holds the envelope against his turban, and when he finally tears open the envelope and reads the card - "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes!" - it takes nearly a minute before they can stop laughing for long enough to move on to the next envelope.
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envelope. They both struggle to hold the time where rest of the answer was segment together through their laughter.
** The answer:
"[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban]]". The question: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renée_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.



* Johnny's surly attitude in any "Carnac the Magnificent". In one instance, after the usual long introduction by Ed, Johnny said in an annoyed tone, "Let's get on with it." A great RunningGag in these segments is when Johnny asks for complete silence while he ascertains the answers; Ed replies variants of, "You sometimes have a lot of it." Cue DeathGlare from Johnny.
20th Jul '17 2:48:34 PM speedyboris
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** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban]]". The question: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.

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** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban]]". The question: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards org/wiki/Renée_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.
20th Jul '17 2:47:54 PM speedyboris
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** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban". The question]]: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.

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** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban". Eban]]". The question]]: question: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.
20th Jul '17 2:47:33 PM speedyboris
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** There's also the time where the answer was "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abba_Eban Abba Eban". The question]]: "Describe the sound made when [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Richards Dr. Renee Richards]] removes her pantyhose." Johnny and Ed struggle (and fail) to keep it together for the rest of the skit.
20th Jul '17 12:13:02 PM mlsmithca
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* 3 words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wzA2A2T1Q Sis Boom Bah.]]
* Any of the Charles Grodin interviews. So many great passive-aggressive remarks (PlayedForLaughs, of course).
** One of the best [[RunningGag running gags]] involved Carson deriding Grodin's book because it was [[CrackIsCheaper $18.95]]. Grodin asked, "Is that too much, for a lifetime of experience?" Carson snarked, "Well I suppose not, if you're... Mother Teresa." This comment would be referenced numerous times in subsequent interviews, and one of Grodin's last appearances, he had a paperback re-issue out that was only $9.95. Carson said, "Well ''now'' we're talkin'!"

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* 3 Three words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wzA2A2T1Q Sis "Sis Boom Bah.]]
Bah!",]] perhaps the funniest "Carnac the Magnificent" prompt. Carson and Ed [=McMahon=] are already struggling to keep straight faces as Carson holds the envelope against his turban, and when he finally tears open the envelope and reads the card - "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes!" - it takes nearly a minute before they can stop laughing for long enough to move on to the next envelope.
* Any of the Charles Grodin interviews. So many great passive-aggressive remarks (PlayedForLaughs, of course).
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course). One of the best [[RunningGag running gags]] involved Carson deriding Grodin's book because it was [[CrackIsCheaper $18.95]]. Grodin asked, "Is that too much, for a lifetime of experience?" Carson snarked, "Well I suppose not, if you're... Mother Teresa." This comment would be referenced numerous times in subsequent interviews, and one of Grodin's last appearances, he had a paperback re-issue out that was only $9.95. Carson said, "Well ''now'' we're talkin'!"



* Johnny's surly attitude in any "Carnac the Magnificent". In one instance, after the usual long introduction by Ed, Johnny said in an annoyed tone, "Let's get on with it."
** A great RunningGag in these segments is when Johnny asks for complete silence while he ascertains the answers; Ed replies variants of, "You sometimes have a lot of it." Cue DeathGlare from Johnny.

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* Johnny's surly attitude in any "Carnac the Magnificent". In one instance, after the usual long introduction by Ed, Johnny said in an annoyed tone, "Let's get on with it."
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" A great RunningGag in these segments is when Johnny asks for complete silence while he ascertains the answers; Ed replies variants of, "You sometimes have a lot of it." Cue DeathGlare from Johnny.



* Barney Odum had his dog Flatfoot on the show, who could climb trees. Bandleader Doc Severinsen said before the show that if the dog could truly climb the tree on the set, he would kiss Flatfoot on an unnamed body part (use your imagination). This was brought up a few times on the episode itself.
** Doubly funny in [[HilariousInHindsight hindsight]]: The segment with Flatfoot is what caused Creator/IanMcKellen to be bumped from the episode, because they ran out of time.

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* Barney Odum had his dog Flatfoot on the show, who could climb trees. Bandleader Doc Severinsen said before the show that if the dog could truly climb the tree on the set, he would kiss Flatfoot on an unnamed body part (use your imagination). This was brought up a few times on the episode itself.
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itself. Doubly funny in [[HilariousInHindsight hindsight]]: The segment with Flatfoot is what caused Creator/IanMcKellen to be bumped from the episode, because they ran out of time.






* A spectacular BrickJoke: Hugh Jackman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foNQ6f5sjig&list=UU8-Th83bH_thdKZDJCrn88g mentions in an interview]] that you should never let Aussies stay at your house, as "they will ''never'' leave," and he demonstrates by crashing on Jimmy's couch for a few minutes. The next night, Jimmy comes out for his monologue, and casually looks over to the couch. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChfzfEw7bw&list=UU8-Th83bH_thdKZDJCrn88g Sure enough...]]

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* A spectacular BrickJoke: Hugh Jackman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foNQ6f5sjig&list=UU8-Th83bH_thdKZDJCrn88g com/watch?v=foNQ6f5sjig mentions in an interview]] that you should never let Aussies stay at your house, as "they will ''never'' leave," and he demonstrates by crashing on Jimmy's couch for a few minutes. The next night, Jimmy comes out for his monologue, and casually looks over to the couch. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChfzfEw7bw&list=UU8-Th83bH_thdKZDJCrn88g com/watch?v=9ChfzfEw7bw Sure enough...]]



-->''Blake Shelton:'' *after telling Jimmy the name [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch]]* That doesn't even mean anything!

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-->''Blake Shelton:'' *after ''[after telling Jimmy the name [[Creator/BenedictCumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch]]* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch]'' That doesn't even mean anything!



* In the 2/18/16 episode, Creator/VinceVaughn observed how nobody has ever won against Jimmy in "Box of Lies". He became suspicious that everything Jimmy did during their interview was merely "info reading" to help him win the game. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Vince brought his A-game to "Box of Lies" and stumped Jimmy with his poker face and descriptions. The whole ordeal can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJED1kTtIaQ here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoPrG4XtPnA here]].

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* In the 2/18/16 episode, Creator/VinceVaughn observed how nobody has ever won against Jimmy in "Box of Lies". He became suspicious that everything Jimmy did during their interview was merely "info reading" to help him win the game. In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, Vince brought his A-game to "Box of Lies" and stumped Jimmy with his poker face and descriptions. The whole ordeal can be viewed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJED1kTtIaQ here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoPrG4XtPnA here]].
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