Richard Benjamin/Garry Shandling/Jan Stephenson 

Johnny and Ed discuss birds and sharks. Director Richard Benjamin (My Favorite Year (1982)); Garry Shandling performs stand-up; Australian golfer Jan Stephenson.


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Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Himself - Substitute Bandleader
Richard Benjamin ... Himself
Garry Shandling ... Himself - Guest Comic
Jan Stephenson Jan Stephenson ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick De Cordova Frederick De Cordova ... Himself - Producer (voice) (as Fred de Cordova)


Instead of the planned comedy segment, after the monologue Johnny mentions watching a PBS special that discussed a bird (the swift) that flies continuously for the first three years of its life. Ed counters by claiming that sharks never stop swimming, though Johnny is doubtful, with the audience weighing in on varying sides. Richard Benjamin first talks about caring for his son's goldfish, and the nuisances of pets that die quickly - or defy expectations of doing so. He then talks about the film he is currently directing, "My Favorite Year". Noting that Benjamin's wife is an actress who also is often away from home, Johnny asks if he does much of the housework to adjust for their schedules; Benjamin says he does a lot of the work, as he doesn't think his wife is thorough enough when washing dishes, so he sneaks downstairs overnight to rewash them. He also complains that she buys their kids clothes that fit perfectly, meaning he'll just have to buy more when they grow out of them ... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

18 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

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Carson Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Ed McMahon: Doesn't a shark continually swim? It never stops swimming... The shark never stops swimming. All its life!
Johnny Carson: What has that got to do with...
Ed McMahon: Well, because you say for the first three years - this is all its life, it never stops swimming!
Johnny Carson: But this bird is in the air!
Ed McMahon: This shark is in the water! Be silly to see a shark flying around!
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References The Martha Raye Show (1954) See more »


Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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