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
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1962-1992
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Chevrolet automobiles^TV - Commercials - Ortho Kleenup weed and grass killer^TV - Commercials - Vanish toilet bowl cleaner^TV - Commercials - Dristan cold medication^TV - Commercials - You underwear^TV - Commercials - JCPenney stores^TV - Commercials - Oil of Olay skin cream^TV - Commercials - Bell telephone services^TV - Commercials - Alpo dog food^TV - Commercials - Tru-Test house paints^TV - Promos - "The Four Seasons" motion picture^TV - Promos - "Coast to Coast"^TV - Promos - "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" motion picture^TV - Promos - "Let's Do It Again" 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