Tonight Show & Merv Griffin

The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show that has aired on NBC since 1954. It is the longest currently running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States, and the third longest-running show on NBC, after Meet the Press and Today. Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. 5.0/5

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Interviewed at her home after a 1983 Tonight Show taping. She loved my partner's Merv Griffin impression. My Carson not so much.
MONTI - LICIOUS OCT 18, 2013 Let's begin with a correction, The D was formerly known as Fitzgerald's and the soon to open Downtown Grand replaces the shuttered Lady Luck. These hotel/casinos are two of the downtown Las Vegas major new attractions. This has been a very eventful week with Marsha Ratner and filmmakers Thomas Gallagher and David Gorder shooting three days of the film on the life and times of Tiny Tim and Monti Rock. Both Tim and Monti were part of the novelty acts in the '60s and '70s. TV talk shows thrived on these acts. Drugs and alcohol were instrumental in keeping them from real stardom, though yours truly was a favorite with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and so on. I was quickly forgotten for two or three years, as Tiny Tim and his ukelele tiptoed through the tulips and got married to Miss Vicky on the Tonight Show. For some reason, Tim and I were always compared to each other and that irked me. Though we both were outrageous, I went on to have a career in disco and concerts ...
our headliner this weekend Steve Shaffer has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Comedy...
Today is Monday, Oct. 1, the 275th day of 2012. There are 91 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 1, 1962, Johnny Carson debuted as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," beginning a nearly 30-year run; after being introduced to the audience by Groucho Marx, Carson received his first guests, actor-singer Rudy Vallee, actress Joan Crawford, singer Tony Bennett and comedian Mel Brooks. (The same day, Merv Griffin launched a daytime show, also on NBC; his guests were comedian Shelley Berman, opera singer Roberta Peters and journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns.) On this date: In 1861, during the Civil War, the Confederate navy captured the Union steamer Fanny in North Carolina's Pamlico Sound. In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market. In 1910, the offices of the Los Angeles Times were destroyed by a bomb explosion and fire; 21 Times employees were killed. In 1932, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees made his supposed called shot, hitting a home run against Chicago's Charli ...
Gore Vidal just died. While he could be didactic I tended to agree with him more often not. He was also something that seems to have disappeared, The celebrity author. Guys like Vidal and Buckley and Capote could often be seen on the Tonight Show or on Merv Griffin. There is nobody like that today. Either the networks don't care about authors or the people don't. I am leaning toward the latter.
Late June, early July, 1962. While waiting for Johnny Carson's CBS contract to expire, NBC puts a number of guest hosts on "Tonight". Some are dreadful, but one in particular is not just good, he's fantastic. He can sing. He's funny. Great in sketches. A wonderful interviewer. NBC execs start having second thoughts about Carson. They push to break Carson's deal. Eventually, the NBC president says they are sticking with Carson and McMahon. If they hadn't, might we talk today about the most famous Tonight Show hosts. Merv Griffin, and his "second banana". Barbara Eden?
I haven't seen them on the Tonight Show since! Wink Wink El Chino! Their Nirvana meets Partridge Family song! And an appearance by the legendary Merv Griffin at the end! No to be confused with Andy Griffith! No Matlock here!
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