Saturday, January 29, 2011
PRIMETIME PALS BECOME FAST FRIENDS - JOHNNY CARSON VISITS THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM - CBS-TV - CIRCA 11/20/1955
November 20th, 1955 was an average night of television fare, but it was one of the first times that the flickering box of wires, tubes and lights in the living room acted as a time machine.
On that autumn evening, viewers of CBS-TV'S vaunted and venerable JACK BENNY PROGRAM were introduced to the future sovereign of late night, TV silliness, Johnny Carson. This was just the first of dozens of instances in which this affable pair of meticulous monologists would appear together on television.They became loyal and lifelong friends
On this Eisenhower-era evening, Carson was a fledgling, Tiffany network star visiting Benny's top-rated telecast to promote his own CBS-TV series, "THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW."
In a prescient bit, the slight and sprightly young performer stood next to Benny, the beloved, American, show business icon and Carson's professional role-model,offering Benny career advice.
It was a pleasant and entertaining exchange, that offers insight into a friendship that would endure for decades.
Here from the AL SMITHEY YOU TUBE site, here are two of television's most accomplished performers.Enjoy!!!!