Richard Pryor/Patti D'Arbanville/Roscoe Tanner 

Johnny presents lists of awful jobs. Richard Pryor (Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)); Patti D'Arbanville (The Main Event (1979)); Wimbledon finalist Roscoe Tanner practices serves with Johnny. Also: Johnny chats with the owner of the studio's shoeshine stand.


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Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Himself - Substitute Bandleader
Richard Pryor ... Himself
Patti D'Arbanville ... Herself
Roscoe Tanner Roscoe Tanner ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Floyd Jackson Floyd Jackson ... Himself


For the comedy segment, Johnny talks about some very unpleasant jobs, such as working at a blast furnace, rendering plant or munitions factory; Ed recalls that his first job was as a plumber's assistant, as all his uncles were plumbers, and mentions the unpleasantness of crawling under buildings for repairs after weekend lodge parties. Then Johnny reads some other similarly unpleasant jobs that are less well-known, which the audience finds less entertaining than the descriptions of the real jobs. Johnny then talks by remote to Floyd Jackson, the NBC shoeshine man since 1948, at his stand out in the hallway. He talks about his 63-year career, all as a shoeshine man, which began in Bryan, Texas. He has met many celebrities, including Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon, Ted Kennedy and Wilt Chamberlain, and notes that Frank Sinatra was the best tipper. Jackson also appeared as a contestant on Truth or Consequences, and has just written a booklet about his experiences. Roscoe Tanner talks about... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show







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27 July 1979 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Johnny Carson: [on President Carter's reported elocution lessons] He has Jimmy practice speaking with a mouthful of marbles. And after each sentence, he removes a marble. And when Jimmy's lost all his marbles, he's ready to address the nation.
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References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »


Johnny's Theme
Written by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
Performed by The Tonight Show Band
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