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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 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 Dragnetparody with Carson and Jack Webb. "Clean copper clappers."
1969: George Gobel's appearance, put in the impossible position of having to follow Bob Hope 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!
November 1979: Prior to Thanksgiving, Johnny 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.
1981: Johnny acting out how Walter Cronkite should have done his final newscast, ranging from asking to stop the "tickety-tickety" noise after 19 years to reading a story as Porky Pig.
Mount St. Helens erupted again. Blew the top clean off. Th-th-th-th-that's all folks!
"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.
Triumph: Here at the "D Pet Hotel", where the "d", of course, stands for "dog-owning douchebag". (...) Not since the bank bailout has money been so wisely spent, proving that the "idle rich" are not idle at all. They are busy, 24-7, constantly looking for new ways to piss away their money.
A dog pukes on the floor (likely out of nervousness), and Triumph offers to clean it up by eating it.
The rich woman with a French accent who brought in her dog.
Triumph: I'm just letting the audience get a good look at you so they can hate you.
Triumph comes across a dog who looks like him, and proclaims it to be his long-lost mother.
Triumph: I'm sorry, mother! I'm sorry to have disappointed you!
The dog on the treadmill, who quickly is freaked out by it.
Portraits of various dogs are on the wall, and of course Triumph comments on them. He calls it the "Gallery of Shame".
Triumph: You've got a lot of portraits up here of various dogs that all look moderately embarrassed. Woman employee: Aw, he's cute. Triumph: No, he's re-thinking his whole life.
Triumph wants clarification if the Taco Bell dog ever was a regular at the hotel. He heard he took amyl nitrate and have a St. Bernard choke him.
Triumph: By the way, do you still provide that service? Woman employee: No. Man employee: Not anymore.
Triumph comes across an "uber suite" with one female dog in it, and wants to put the moves on her by showing a variety of Parallel Porn Titles of famous Hollywood movies (see main entry).
During the final week, Conan showed a classic Tonight Show moment each night. On the first three nights, the opening montage contained the clip of Conan sliding and hitting his head on the studio floor. Conan eventually called them out on it: "STOP showing my concussion! CUT IT OUT! My wife hates that! "You almost died!""
Jimmy Fallon (2014-)
Jimmy's first night started with a bang. Besides him and Will Smith chronicling a history of hip-hop dances (ala Justin Timberlake and his and Jimmy's "History of Rap"), and 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 Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, 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), Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, and Lady Gaga all throwing crumpled C-Notes on the desk, culminating with Stephen Colbert pouring a bucket of 10,000 pennies on Jimmy's head, ending with "WELCOME TO 11:30, BITCH".
And now, "Baby Got Back". If you listen carefully, you can hear the audience singing along on the "anaconda" line!
Whenever Hashtag the Panda is brought out, a hilarious Overly Long Gag is in the cards as Jimmy and the band make the "bear" dance again...and again...and again.
This bit after one "Thank You Note" about protein bars just being glorified chocolate bars:
Fallon: (in jock tone) All I eat is protein bars! Higgins: (also in jock tone) That's it, man. I eat Monkey Milk protein bars. Fallon: Nothing but Monkey Milk protein bars. They're the best ones. You get Monkey Milk, that's the best protein bar. Higgins: If you don't get it, you're a fool. You're a damn fool if you don't get Monkey Milk. You're a fool. Fallon: Don't call me a fool! I'm just saying- Higgins: What do you get?? Do you get Monkey Milk? Fallon: I don't know what kind of protein bar I got. Higgins: Ehhh, you should, if you don't know what's going in your body, then you're some kind of fool. I went to Cinnabon the other day, I got the tiny little ones. Fallon: You do? Higgins: Yeah, about eight, nine of 'em, squeeze them up in the tube, shove them down my throat, two- (cracks up) I figured I'd down the Monkey Milk!
A spectacular Brick Joke: Hugh Jackman 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. Sure enough...