If only the OTHER late-night comics had the same integrity and humility as … Johnny Carson? Yes, THAT Johnny Carson.
It’s almost as though Carson saw today coming.
It puts his ‘Carnac the Magnificent’ routines in a whole new light (for those too young to remember, and those who want to see it for nostalgia’s sake, you’ll find one of his bits at the end of the column).
It’s been 25 years since Johnny Carson signed off for the final time.
(A moment of silence for the days when late night television was still witty.)
And an interviewer asked him a serious question about why he didn’t wade into the serious issues of the day. His answer should be required reading for every aspiring Television comic today… especially the parts about taking yourself too seriously.
One of the many gems in that 2 minute clip:
“Why do they think that just because you have a Tonight Show that you must deal in serious issues? That’s a danger, a real danger. Once you start that, you start to get that self-important feeling that what you say has great import and you know, strangely enough you could use that show as a forum you could sway people, and I don’t think you should as an entertainer”
Boom! And they’re down for the count!
Did you hear that, late night wokescolds? Or were you too busy lining up another tedious anti-Trump hit and coordinating your next monologue with Chuck Schumer’s talking points?
Why didn’t Carson take sides politically? Because that’s not the point of the show!
Prager put it this way, and he was absolutely right:
Along with virtually every other American, I never knew Johnny Carson’s politics. I would not have been surprised if he was a liberal or surprised if he was a conservative, a Democrat, or a Republican. In his 30 years as host of The Tonight Show on NBC, he never so much as hinted as to how he identified politically. He poked fun at whoever was in power, Republican or Democrat.
The reason he didn’t let on where he stood politically is that he believed that he had a much greater responsibility — to offer Americans of all political persuasions an island of good-natured fun, a place where everyone could laugh together, every night.
Source: National Review
(And don’t forget Carson’s Carnac clip at the end of the column!)
by Doug Giles
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