Fifty years ago this week, Johnny Carson became the host of The Tonight Show, taking over for Jack Paar and beginning his 30-year run at NBC. In honor of this landmark, Carson Entertainment Group and MediaMine launched a viewer poll via Facebook, YouTube and email, to gather the 10 best Carson moments from a list of pre-established categories. Below, you’ll find each category and the winning video moment. Enjoy!
BEST SKETCH: Johnny is joined by a smoking hot Betty White in this sketch. The two play Adam and Eve going through history’s very first divorce.
BEST CIVILIAN MOMENT: Johnny is joined by Myrtle Young, a very nice lady who also happens to be a world-class potato chip collector.
BEST MOVIE STAR MOMENT: Jimmy Stewart reads a heart-wrenching poem about his dog Beau.
BEST STAND-UP COMEDY MOMENT: Andy Kaufman drops his amazing Elvis impersonation among many others, like Archie Bunker and Ed McMahon. Simply amazing.
BEST TV STAR MOMENT: Michael Landon and Johnny Carson had dinner at a fine restaurant. Things didn’t end normally.
BEST MUSIC MOMENT: Johnny joins iconic performer Julio Iglesias in a duet.
BEST CARNAC MOMENT: Johnny’s Carnac the Magnificent was perhaps the most well-known recurring bit on his show. And this just might be the funniest 30-second bit in late-night television history.
BEST CLASSIC CARSON MOMENT: Going way back, this clip finds Ed Ames teaching Johnny how to properly throw a tomahawk.
BEST ANIMAL MOMENT: Johnny’s not scared of a little cat…or is he?
BEST SPORTS MOMENT: Boxing promoter Don King visits Johnny to tell him about the origin of his amazing hair.
Are there other moments you would’ve included? Sound off in the comments section! You can also check out more info at the Johnny Carson Facebook page.