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David Janssen/Lily Tomlin/Natalie Cole/Irwin Shaw 

David Janssen (Harry O (1973)); Lily Tomlin (album "Modern Scream"); Natalie Cole performs; Irwin Shaw (novel "Night Work").

Director:

Bobby Quinn

Writers:

Hal Goodman (writing supervisor), Larry Klein (writing supervisor) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Self - Host / Carnac the Magnificent
Ed McMahon ... Self - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Self - Bandleader
David Janssen ... Self - Guest
Lily Tomlin ... Self
Natalie Cole ... Self
Irwin Shaw Irwin Shaw ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Swifty Lazar ... Self (as Irving 'Swifty' Lazar)
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Self - The Tonight Show Band: Saxophone

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Storyline

Carnac the Magnificent pokes fun at the Ford administration. Lily Tomlin shares characters from her newly-released "Modern Scream" album. David Janssen is suave as usual. Natalie Cole's "Tonight Show" debut is well-received. Author Irwin Shaw discusses his novel "Night Work." Written by calcaylor

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Genres:

Comedy | Talk-Show

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Trivia

One of the answers during the Carnac routine is "Saturday Night Live," and the question is, "Name something dead." This may be confusing to younger viewers, who won't know that the reference is not to NBC's iconic late-night program, which was then known as "NBC's Saturday Night," but to a short-lived prime-time variety show on ABC hosted by Howard Cosell. Indeed, it left the air about six weeks after this broadcast, and shortly after NBC was given permission to add "Live" to its show's title. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Carson: Why do you have to get up at 4:30?
David Janssen: Uh, well, they won't pay me if I don't go to work.
Johnny Carson: Ah ha! Now the logic of it hits me.
David Janssen: But you know, in the winter time, unfortunately, the days get shorter. And when you shoot a show that's basically a location shoot, then you have fewer hours to work during the day. So that's why.
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Connections

References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
Performed by The Tonight Show Band
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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