Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, the Tonight Show, and 46 Years of Friendship

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For 30 years, Johnny Carson entertained millions of The Tonight Show viewers, creating a landmark of television. Now, Carson's irreplaceable partner and straight man Ed McMahon tells the touching, turbulent, and laugh-out-loud funny story of his personal, professional, and public relationship with one of the most beloved icons in entertainment history.

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Overview

For 30 years, Johnny Carson entertained millions of The Tonight Show viewers, creating a landmark of television. Now, Carson's irreplaceable partner and straight man Ed McMahon tells the touching, turbulent, and laugh-out-loud funny story of his personal, professional, and public relationship with one of the most beloved icons in entertainment history.

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Tonight Show host Johnny Carson and straight man Ed McMahon enjoyed one of the longest and warmest partnerships in entertainment history. For nearly 30 years (1962-92) and more than 4,500 shows, the pair exchanged quips, stories, and comic setups, establishing an easy rapport that some viewers eventually took for granted. McMahon's affectionate recollections of his famed alter ego offer us candid glimpses into the lives of two great entertainers and beloved friends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425212295
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 232,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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Ed McMahon is an entertainment icon. In addition to 30 years on the Tonight Show, he is well-known as the presenter of the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and the host of Star Search. He has also appeared in numerous films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    All about Ed.

    This is a book about ED and his inflated ego.Too much ED, not enough inside look at a great comedian and unique personality. What is in this book is not news to the Carson fans. Stll looking for a real close look at one of America's greatest personalities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    An understanding of a talented enigma

    Funny but as a baby boomer who had to get to bed earlier most times than the Tonight Show, I am now appreciating his quick wit more since his death. A couple here have felt Ed showed an inflated ego I did not see this in the book-I saw throughout the book humility and love for a friend of nearly 50 years. I feel like I know Johnny Carson after reading this book - which was Ed's goal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Class Personified

    This is a book that will leave every reader humming the 'Tonight Show' theme song by Paul Anka.For those of us who owe our careers in entertainment to 'The Tonight Show' and Johnny Carson it will remind everyone just how powerful a hold Johnny had on the psyche of America. Yes, Ed does tend to repeat himself often in the book, and many of the stories will be very familiar to devotees of Johnny, but it is also a book filled with some startling revelations and insights into both Johnny and Ed's relationship that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Most importantly, it is a book filled with such tremendous warmth, love, friendship and admiration that it leaves you touched and heartwarmed by its tales. At its emotional core, Ed is grieving for the loss of his close friend and for a time that is long gone and is sorely missed. Ed understands, and explains, that Carson was pure class and the professional that most entertainers should strive to be, but are not. Like Ed, those of us who loved Carson and 'The Tonight Show' are grieving the loss of a tremendously talented, decent, wonderful human being and of a kinder, gentler time. In this crude, rude, crass, loud world, this book is a reminder of the way things should be done. McMahon is not a great writer, but this book is funny, engaging, sweet, warm, and wonderfully entertaining and a very easy read. It took me only 3 days to finish it, and I felt fortunate to be able to experience such depth of passion by Ed for his departed friend. Thanks for sharing the love Mr. McMahon, it brought us back to a time that we all miss so dearly. Cheers Johnny!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Couldn't Stop Laughing

    It has been a long time since I read a book that kept me laughing from start to finish. This book for me was a great reminder of how great the tonight show 'used to be'. It was so nice to be brought back to a time I had forgotten. Johnny Carson entertained me for years and it was nice to go back in time and laugh again. A must read for comedy lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Here's Ed: A Self-Centered Second Banana

    Johnny Carson was a hero of mine. I couldn't wait to buy and read this book written by a man who surely knew him. Unfortunately, it really is a story of how wonderful Ed thiought he was as second banana. The stories he relates are most familiar to any devotee of the King of Late Night. Nothng is new except for how Ed heard the news about Johnny's death and a horrible tribute to the tune of 'Thanks for the Memories.' Either this book was put together in a hurry or the author does not know how to write. I am looking forward to a book about Johnny Carson, not Ed Mc Mahon. I read a book a month and this is the worst book I have read in 10 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Seond Banana

    The photos in the book were only of Johnny and Ed, with occasionally a peek at an additional character. None were shown of Aunt Blabby, Floyd, the 'teatime movie' host, Carol Wayne,or Joan Embrey. for example. Not much from Tommy Newsome or Doc Severensin, and two or three pictures of Skitch Henderson related the 'Tonight Show Band' which was one of THE best bands anywhere. The pages spun by like a Larry King interview where each one of his guests had to kibbitz about Johnny. Most of the stories I had heard on various 'The Best of the Tonight Show' presentations. If all the material had just been shown recently about a superb comic and 'second banana' TV show that struck the enjoyment of millions, the book would have been a guide. Please put Ed McMahon back on Publishers Clearing House contests or for a few guest reminiscences, and don't let him write another 'Here's Johhny, Part II'.

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