Johnny Carson was on the Tonight show on NBC from 1959 until 1992 non-stop which came on in Los Angeles then at 11:30pm. So, from the time I was 11 years old my goal was to stay up late and watch the Tonight show from age 11 on whenever school or work or parents permitted. It was likely the best show on TV or one of the best during these years. But, there was no VCR to record things with until the early 1980s (if you had one). So, you either had to watch the show live at night or later in the year watch a rerun of it. I almost never missed a good show if it was on Friday night. Then in 1975 I believe Saturday Night Live started. So, these two shows were likely my favorites for years.
John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of ...
Years active: 1950–1994
Alma mater: University of Nebraska-Lincoln