Part of ''TheTonightShow''[='s=] reputation was built from just having fun.
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[[folder:Steve Allen (1953-57)]]
* (Nothing as of yet, but here just in case.)
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[[folder:Jack Paar (1957-62)]]
* (Nothing as of yet, but here just in case.)
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[[folder:Johnny Carson (1962-92)]]
* 1965: Supposedly, the longest continual laughter in live TV goes to a Carson ''Tonight'' episode. His guest was actor/singer Ed Ames, who claimed that in the course of his work he had learned how to throw a tomahawk. Carson produced a human outline on a board, and Ames lobbed the tomahawk at it. It hit the board successfully, but slammed in right at [[GroinAttack the figure's crotch]], starting the thunderous laughter. When the laughter started to die down, Carson quipped "I didn't even know you were ''Jewish''!" starting it all up again. (Even funnier still was Carson's followup remark: "Welcome to ''Frontier Bris''!")
* 1968: The ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpVjW30I-YU parody]] with Carson and Jack Webb. "Clean copper clappers."
* 1969: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsEkR5WFlw0 George Gobel's appearance]], put in the impossible position of having to follow BobHope and Dean Martin. "Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
* November 1979: Prior to Thanksgiving, Johnny [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbikKb_t0i0 talked]] with Doc Severinsen about their respective plans for the holiday. Before long the two of them had each other, and the audience, in stitches.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOsdJwaLHcE "I have certain guidelines, but I would give about a year's pay to peek under there."]] (...Which added fuel to the fire of the Zsa Zsa Gabor [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/zsazsa.asp Pussy Cat]] UrbanLegend.)
* All of his pie skits, particularly this one:
--> '''Johnny:''' ''([[http://sjnetwork.com/pies/gallery/tv/johnnycarson/2/ in a commercial parody]])'' Hi. Do you mind if I talk to you for just a minute? I just want to say a few words about Diarrhea - ''*SPLAT* *SPLAT* *SPLAT*''
* 3 words: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wzA2A2T1Q Sis Boom Bah.]]
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[[folder:Jay Leno (1992-2009/2010-2014)]]
* The fake interview with the characters from ''Film/BrokebackMountain''.
* Creator/ChrisEvans [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S31EjZvbgQ0 appears]] to talk about his character in ''Film/TheIceman'', and eventually discuss his 70's wardrobe in his role. [[IWasQuiteAFashionVictim A picture of Jay from the 70's is then brought up]] - cue Chris laughing hysterically and mimicking his ridiculous pose.
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[[folder:Conan O'Brien (2009-10)]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y04H5mFUFM The foreign news report describing the whole mess.]]
* RobinWilliams singing an Irish Jig that told NBC to go fuck themselves many times over, and Conan jumping up to dance along to it.
* January 20, 2010: [[CoolCar Bugatti Veyron]] Mouse!
* "Before Photoshop", but particularly when Conan showed a photo of Larry King at his desk, and the audience laughed. Conan found it amusing that they were laughing at an untouched photo and not the punchline.
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[[folder:Jimmy Fallon (2014-)]]
* Jimmy's first night started with a bang. Besides him and WillSmith chronicling a history of hip-hop dances (ala JustinTimberlake and his and Jimmy's "History of Rap"), and {{Music/U2}} performing on the roof of 30 Rock, we have a moment where Jimmy mentions a "friend" who says he'd never host the Tonight Show, saying they owe him $100. Cue RobertDeNiro, TinaFey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, MariahCarey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers (in her 1st Tonight Show appearance, of any kind, since being banned from the show in 1986; the ban was kept by Leno out of respect to Johnny Carson), KimKardashian, SethRogen, LindsayLohan, SarahJessicaParker, Mike Tyson, and LadyGaga all throwing crumpled C-Notes on the desk, culminating with StephenColbert pouring a bucket of 10,000 pennies on Jimmy's head, ending with "WELCOME TO 11:30, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch BITCH]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YCeIgt7hMs Brian Williams raps]](transplanted from the Late Late Show)
** And [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDyt0M8Zecw Brian Williams' response to that]] after he raps "[[Music/SnoopDogg Gin and Juice]]".
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*** And now, [[Music/SirMixALot Baby Got Back]]. If you listen carefully, you can hear the audience singing along on the " anaconda" line.
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