John Davidson/Charles Nelson Reilly/Joyce Van Patten/O.J. Simpson 

Johnny reads clippings sent by viewers; an odd toy is promoted. John Davidson (That's Incredible! (1980)); Charles Nelson Reilly (Broadway play "Charlotte"); Joyce Van Patten (play "I Ought to Be in Pictures"); O.J. Simpson (Goldie and the Boxer (1979)).


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Episode cast overview:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host / Schlock-Tel Spokesman
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Himself - Bandleader
John Davidson ... Himself
Charles Nelson Reilly ... Himself - Guest
Joyce Van Patten ... Herself - Guest
O.J. Simpson ... Himself - Guest


In a brief sketch, Johnny plays a TV pitchman for Schlock-Tel, promoting a toy with dozens of uses - a toilet paper tube. He then goes through several clippings sent by viewers, including a 1962 Cleveland newspaper article about him. John Davidson talks about guest hosting for Johnny the following week, and then discusses the background of celebrating Christmas on December 25. The conversation meanders into the origin of Christmas cards in the late 19th century, the topic of the winter solstice and the meaning of the word "gnomen". Joyce Van Patten talks about starring in Neil Simon's new play "I Ought to Be in Pictures". She also recalls her brother Dick's start in show business as a child model, and discusses being recognized by people who can't quite figure out who she is. Charles Nelson Reilly notes that he starred in Neil Simon's only play that flopped, and comments on his wordless role in the upcoming Broadway play "Charlotte", which stars his longtime acting teacher Uta Hagen. ...

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Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

19 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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References Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II (1980) See more »


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