Sunday, September 15, 2013
LEGENDS OF LAUGHTER IN PRIME TIME - GROUCHO ROASTS JOHNNY CARSON - NBC-TV - CIRCA 1968
In the "swingin' sixties," the creative team at NBC's KRAFT MUSIC HALL decided to offer viewers something hipper than the than country-western balladeers, Broadway crooners and recipes for caramel apples that were a staple of the long running, high budget, weekly hour of music & comedy.
They struck a deal to bring a sanitized, but star-studded version of the FRIARS CLUB's off the record and off color "roasts" of the most famous and infamous names in show business.
In 1968, Johnny Carson, at the zenith of his TONIGHT SHOW career, and spending more time in divorce court that most lawyers, was the target and one of his own comic heroes: the one, the only Groucho Marx, took lethally funny aim.
From the BERNIE OWEN YOU TUBE site, here is an excerpt of THE FRIARS ROAST JOHNNY CARSON on THE KRAFT MUSIC HALL.