DVD Review: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series
Time Life
Release date: October 4, 2016

Johnny Carson, the pioneer of late night television, whose incarnation of The Tonight Show ran for 30 years on NBC, is now available in newly packaged deluxe DVD set from Time-Life entitled The Vault Series, showcasing some of the best and most requested episodes from that program.

With the current success of The Tonight Show in reruns on Antenna TV, Johnny Carson’s famous visage, wit, distinctive voice, intelligence, and propensity to have a smooth control throughout has been resurrected for audiences young and old. Chock full of entertainment variety including a virtual who’s who of celebrities and musical acts, ranging from Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Paul McCartney, Muhammad Ali, Jack Benny, Richard Pryor, Sean Connery, Jerry Lewis, Buddy Rich, Don Rickles, Orson Welles, and scores of others, one would be hard pressed to find a celebrity who didn’t make his way on the program, which originally ran from 1962 to 1992. With hilarious sketches that usually parodied the pop culture of the times, and of course the banter between Carson and sidekick stalwart Ed McMahon, The Tonight Show was the perennial go-to program for most of America as the twilight hour surfaced, five nights a week.

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Kenan & Kel Reunite For ‘Good Burger’ Sketch With Jimmy Fallon
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If you were young in the ’90s and watched Nickelodeon, you’re surely familiar with Kenan & Kel. The show starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, and ran from 1996 to 2000. Since then Thompson has gone on to a successful run on Saturday Night Live, while Mitchell has continued acting albeit in lesser known projects. Mitchell also auditioned for SNL, but it didn’t work out for him.

There have been reports of the pair not staying in touch in the years since their show ended, but last night they reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a sketch that re-created the duo’s 1997 movie Good Burger, which was inspired by a sketch they did on another Nickelodeon show, All That.

You can check out the Kenan & Kel reunion below, as well as a behind the scenes video and one of their sketches from the ’90s.

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Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama: Evolution of Mom Dancing Part 2 (Video)
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Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama got back together after two years for “The Evolution of Mom Dancing Part 2” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, as part of her “Let’s Move! campaign.

Watch the video here below.

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Hugh Jackman & Chris Hemsworth Rock Mullets For Musical Beers (Video)
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Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth donned mullet wigs for a game of Musical Beers, an alcohol-tinged take on Musical Chairs, along with Jimmy Fallon and current SNL cast members Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Moynihan. Avengers star Chris Hemsworth is hosting Saturday Night Live this Saturday. Hugh Jackman visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new film Chappie, which opens today, Friday, March 6.

The videos are here below. Watch!

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Ryan Reynolds Plays Egg Russian Roulette With Jimmy Fallon (Video)
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Ryan Reynolds visited the set of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his new movie with Helen Mirren, The Woman in Gold, set for release on April 3rd. It’s the true story about a Holocaust survivor, who along with her lawyer (Reynolds), fights the Austrian government to reclaim her family’s artwork, stolen by Nazis.

Fallon challenged Reynolds to a game of Egg Russian Roulette. See the antics in the video below.

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