Milton Berle/Carol Siskind/Don Yesso 

Johnny reads affiliate promotions. Milton Berle (Milton Berle, the Second Time Around: The Funny Fifties (1988), book "B.S. I Love You: Sixty Funny Years with the Famous and the Infamous"); Carol Siskind performs stand-up; Don Yesso (Frank's Place (1987)),


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Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Himself - Bandleader
Milton Berle ... Himself
Carol Siskind Carol Siskind ... Herself - Guest Comic
Don Yesso ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick De Cordova Frederick De Cordova ... Himself - Executive Producer (voice) (as Freddie)
Bobby Quinn Bobby Quinn ... Himself - Director (voice)


The comedy segment is Johnny reading announcements for NBC affiliates, poking fun at various parts of the country; the bit falls so flat that Johnny gets through it as quickly as possible. Milton Berle talks a bit about his career in the earliest years of television, and says that he is approaching his 80th birthday; he tells a few jokes about married life at his age. He says that producing the first episode of his show in 1948 cost $15,000 - which would not pay for a guest star's appearance in modern times. He talks about his upcoming special, which shows scenes from his Texaco show that were in his personal archive. Several clips from the special, featuring Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Martin and Lewis, and Jack Benny, are shown. Finally, his new book on the Friars Club, "B.S. I Love You: Sixty Funny Years with the Famous and the Infamous", is briefly mentioned. Carol Siskind does a stand-up comedy routine. Don Yesso talks about working on "Frank's Place", the reaction to his acting, his ... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

14 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Carson Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny asked Milton how much budget did they allow for Berle's 1948 show. Berle responded their budget was set at $15,000 a show ($151,618.59 in 2016 dollars). He went on and commented "try to get Diana Ross for $15,000 (1988)...". See more »


Milton Berle: Sex over 75 is sensational - especially the one in the winter.
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References My Mother the Car (1965) See more »


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