Michael Landon/John Mendoza/Thelma Houston 

Johnny presents Believe It or Stuff It. Michael Landon (Highway to Heaven (1984)); John Mendoza performs stand-up. Also: Thelma Houston performs with The Winans.


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Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Himself - Bandleader
Michael Landon ... Himself
John Mendoza ... Himself - Guest Comic
Thelma Houston Thelma Houston ... Herself - Musical Guest
The Winans The Winans ... Themselves - Musical Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick De Cordova Frederick De Cordova ... Himself - Executive Producer (as Mr. De Cordova)


The comedy segment is "Believe It or Stuff It!", various vignettes in the style of "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"; some of the segment's jokes do so poorly - one drawing dead silence - that the audience applauds when Johnny announces its impending conclusion, followed by a raucous exchange after the last item. In the spirit of the prior comedy bit, Michael Landon first relates a yarn about trying to hide the fact that his dog killed a neighbor's rabbit, only to learn that it was already dead. Then he talks about being taken for a ride with the Blue Angels, and shows a clip. This leads to a story about the first time he flew at age 20, going from California to Miami via New York, taking Seconal to sleep, followed by bourbon (he had not been told they don't mix well). He stained his white pants and had to change clothes in the middle of the LaGuardia Airport men's room, when stalls were coin-operated. He then talks about the early days on Bonanza, noting the speculation about the ... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carson Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


[after Johnny announces the last item in the "Believe It or Stuff It" segment, the audience applauds; following the joke, an audience member yells "Stop it!"]
Johnny Carson: There's a man who knows comedy!
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Alternate Versions

When rebroadcast on Antenna TV Thelma Houston's performance was edited out. See more »


References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


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