Trivia / The Tonight Show



In General:

  • Colbert Bump: Doing stand-up on the show was a major career boost, and being called over to the couch pretty much guaranteed overnight success. More recent comedians to get the honor include Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jeff Foxworthy.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Unavoidable, due to the monologue covering current event topics which can be head-scratching to younger viewers. This can even extend to the hosts themselves: In some shows during 1982, Johnny Carson complained about being in the news a lot lately. If you weren't alive at the time, he was referring to an incident where he was pulled over for drunk driving.

Steve Allen's version:

  • Missing Episode: Much of Steve Allen's tenure is gone, although the premiere seems to exist.
    Allen: In case you're just joining us, this is Tonight, and I can't think of too much to tell you about it, but I want to give you the bad news first: this program is going to go on forever.note 

Jack Paar's version:

  • Writer Revolt: Jack walked off during the February 11, 1960 show after discovering that NBC censored a joke the previous night regarding a lady looking for the "water closet" who was directed to a wedding chapel due to her only using the initials "W.C." (the network cut into a news report over the joke). His sidekick, Hugh Downs, took over for the remainder of that telecast. Led to a Funny Moment when Parr returned a few weeks later with the words "...Now as I was saying..."


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