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One in this series of late-night talk/variety programs hosted by Johnny Carson. Carson's guests for this program are comedians George Carlin and Richard Pryor. In his opening monologue, Carson touches on the following topics, among others: Doc Severinsen's latest eccentric jacket; the "weirdos" to be found on the streets of Hollywood; his experience with an oddball car mechanic; the "jellybean feud" stirring between America's dentists and the candy-loving President Reagan; recent cuts to Medicare; the disqualification of Miss New York; and "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Catherine Bach's unusual insurance policy.

Carson and McMahon read a telegram from a self-proclaimed expert correcting their statements from a previous episode about the full moon causing "lunacy" in people, though McMahon doubts the writer's knowledge. Carson then reads out a list of little-known English words, to which he and McMahon add their own creative inventions.

Next, Carlin performs a stand-up routine in which his comments on the following topics: the challenge of "cleaning the Raisin Bran" of its signature fruit; the strange pressure of being told to "have a nice day"; his dislike of vague descriptors like "good" and "fine"; and the perils of having too much "stuff" in one's home, when visiting others' homes and while on vacation. He then sits down with Carson and discusses: his exploration of inane truths as comedy; the difficulty of changing one's everyday valediction; and his interest in "important" causes such as "autopsies for the living" and protection for "battered casual acquaintances."

Pryor then takes the stage and comments on the following: his ongoing recovery from his 1980 burning incident and its psychological effect on him; working alongside Carlin in their early comedy days; his successful use of Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby's material in his first stand-up sets; his ten-day jail sentence for income tax evasion; his "tough" father's disapproval of his childhood antics, including thievery; his new film "Bustin' Loose" (1981), from which a clip is shown; and his interest in the superhero film "Superman II" (1980). Includes commercials and promos.


  • DATE: May 20, 1981 11:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:51:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: B:45127
  • GENRE: Talk/Interview
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - Comedy; Comedy; Talk/Interview
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1962-1992
    • TV - Commercials - Alpo dog food
    • TV - Commercials - Bell telephone services
    • TV - Commercials - Chevrolet automobiles
    • TV - Commercials - Dristan cold medication
    • TV - Commercials - JCPenney stores
    • TV - Commercials - Oil of Olay skin cream
    • TV - Commercials - Ortho Kleenup weed and grass killer
    • TV - Commercials - Tru-Test house paints
    • TV - Commercials - Vanish toilet bowl cleaner
    • TV - Commercials - You underwear
    • TV - Promos - "Coast to Coast"
    • TV - Promos - "Let's Do It Again" motion picture
    • TV - Promos - "The Four Seasons" motion picture
    • TV - Promos - "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" motion picture


  • Fred de Cordova … Producer
  • Peter Lassally … Co-Producer
  • Dick Manley … Commercial Producer
  • Bobby Quinn … Director
  • Raymond Siller … Writer
  • Michael Barrie … Writer
  • James Mulholland … Writer
  • Robert Smith … Writer
  • Kevin Mulholland … Writer
  • Tom Finnigan … Writer
  • Hal Goodman … Writer
  • Larry Klein … Writer
  • The NBC Orchestra … Music by
  • Doc Severinsen … Conductor
  • Johnny Carson … Host
  • Ed McMahon … Co-Host
  • George Carlin … Guest, Performer
  • Richard Pryor … Guest
  • Catherine Bach
  • Bill Cosby
  • Dick Gregory
  • Ronald Reagan
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