Buddy Hackett/McLean Stevenson/John Kidner/Brady Watt 

Buddy Hackett tells stories from his youth; McLean Stevenson (M*A*S*H (1972)); John Kidner (book "The Kidner Report") discusses government bureaucracy; Boy Scout Brady Watt shows Johnny how to build a campfire.


Episode cast overview:
Johnny Carson ... Self - Host
Doc Severinsen ... Self - Substitute Announcer
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Self - Substitute Bandleader
Buddy Hackett ... Self
McLean Stevenson ... Self
John Kidner John Kidner ... Self
Brady Watt Brady Watt ... Self


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During the comedy segment, Johnny reads news items sent by viewers, including a 1932 Coca-Cola ad with an illustration that looks like him. There are also reports on a woman who just had her 20th child, and on a man who was bored with Carson's show and went to bed before an out-of-control car crashed into his living room, hitting the chair where he had been watching TV. Brady Watt is a 14-year-old Boy Scout from Encino who has won scouting skill competitions. He talks about recent changes in scouting, then demonstrates starting a fire without matches using wood and string, which Johnny has difficulty doing. Then Watt and another scout compete against Johnny and Doc to start a fire using flint, steel, and wood; despite Johnny and Doc's cheating, the scouts win. Buddy Hackett tells stories from his life about raising rabbits in Brooklyn (Johnny says he used to raise white mice), summers at a bungalow colony in the Catskills, how someone came into his father's upholstery shop to rob him ... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show


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McLean Stevenson makes his only third appearance on the show out of the more than a hundred he will eventually make. See more »


Buddy Hackett: I can't sleep much now - I don't sleep very much. That's why I'm so smart. I'm up readin' all the time, waitin' to fall asleep. I'm a tired, smart person.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


Johnny's Theme
Written by Paul Anka and Johnny Carson
Performed by The Tonight Show Band
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30 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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