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AMERICAN MASTERS | Johnny Carson: King of Late Night | Coronation of the King | PBS

See the full episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/2230341415AMERICAN MASTERS Johnny Carson: King of Late Night aired nationally Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9 pm (ET) on PBS. Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occasions than anyone else in American history. Over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist. In a 2007 TV Land/Entertainment Weekly poll, Americans voted Carson the greatest icon in the history of television. Two-time Emmy(r)-winning filmmaker Peter Jones explores his life, career, complexities, and contradictions in this two-hour documentary. 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Carson taking over The Tonight Show from Jack Paar and the 20th anniversary of his retirement.In this clip, Tonight Show writer Raymond Siller, Tonight Show musician Doc Severinsen, Tonight Show writer Paul Block, and Conan O'Brien remember how Johnny Carson psyched himself up before every show before he went on air, and how his comedy made him one of America's most trusted television personalities.
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