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* ColbertBump: 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, EllenDeGeneres, and Jeff Foxworthy.
* EditedForSyndication: In 1983, a ClipShow series called ''Carson's Comedy Classics'' was offered to local stations. Each half-hour episode consisted of two or three extended segments, usually "Mighty Carson Art Players" skits and/or segments with Carson characters such as Carnac and Aunt Blabby, plus shorter segments (i.e. commercial spoofs).
* ExecutiveMeddling: The entire debacle that NBC created by trying to reshuffle their schedule by moving The Jay Leno Show from an hour at 10 to a half hour at 11:30 and moving ''Tonight'' and ''Late Night'' back half an hour. It was unclear if ''Last Call'' would remain on the air.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The original sidekick/announcer was a young man named [[Series/MatchGame Gene Rayburn]], and the sidekick to Jack Parr's era was [[Series/{{Concentration}} Hugh Downs]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: With selected episodes officially being released on DVD, Carson Productions is becoming increasingly insistent on having unauthorized Website/YouTube Carson clips removed from the site.
** To their credit, Carson Productions has been releasing a good number of complete episodes (usually the mid 70's 90 minute episodes) on YouTube for free viewing.
** Thanks to the 2010 ''Tonight Show'' debacle, NBC will never release any [=DVDs=] or digital downloads of ''The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien''. In fact, the only acknowledgment of the show at ''all'' as of late seems to be a split-second showing of O'Brien's name as part of a list of past ''Tonight Show'' hosts that was seen during various promos for Jimmy Fallon's then-upcoming premiere.
* MissingEpisode: 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 ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8AYUfBt1dE forever]]''.[[note]](Okay, so he was talking about the show's night-by-night length, but still...)[[/note]]
** Much of the first 10 years of Carson's version, due to tape reuse. 1972-92 are intact.
** On ''The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien'', the episode with Teri Hatcher as a guest was never aired; it was never finished because Conan was rushed to the hospital for a concussion that he suffered during a foot race with Hatcher.
* ThePeteBest: Branford Marsalis was the bandleader before Kevin Eubanks.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In July of 2013 it was announced that Johnny Carson ''Tonight Show'' interviews would be available on iTunes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, Leno's post-''Tonight'' project was to have been an American ''TopGear''. Leno actually turned down this idea when it was initially proposed to him, realizing that what made ''Top Gear'' work was its non-commercial carriage on Creator/TheBBC...and an NBC version would be filled with ProductPlacement and ExecutiveMeddling. There was also some concern from BBC America that an American version would cannibalize ratings of the original on BBC America, where it's very popular. An American version ''did'' eventually premiere on the History Channel.
** ''The Tonight Show Starring David Letterman'' could well have been the case, but Letterman assumed he'd be the successor, as did Carson. Leno (or his manager, Helen Kushnick; nobody's actually really sure) actively but quietly campaigned to get the job from the people that actually made the decision, however, so he got it and Letterman went to CBS.
* WriterRevolt: 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 FunnyMoment when Parr returned a few weeks later with the words "...Now as I was saying..."
** Since NBC's last bits of ExecutiveMeddling, Conan devoted his monologues to openly bashing NBC, and did so right up until the GrandFinale.
** There's an element of CouldSayItBut here, as Conan had been given a gag order prohibiting him from badmouthing the network. He took to lampshading this in his last few shows.
** One of the writers did a sketch so against the network it seems Conan didn't want to say it.
** Conan deliberately ratcheted up the cost of his show, thanks to a contract loophole that allowed him to do whatever the hell he wanted on NBC's tab. Starting with a [[CoolCar Bugatti Veyron]] mouse and the 2009 Kentucky derby winner in a mink coat. Of course, most of it wasn't real... except the expensive songs and their royalties.
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