Dustin Stinett wrote:
Philemon wrote:Both Johnny and Dick were amateur magicians themselves.
While this comment is certainly true, its actually immaterial in this aspect of the discussion. Johnny Carson made all
of his guests look good no matter what their vocation or avocation. I didnt watch Cavett enough to be able to say the same, but in what I did see he appeared to have the same quality.
What Brad noted were the reasons Johnny always gave for his demeanor with his guests: It was always about putting on a great show.
Too bad this simple conceptone I think should be timelessseems to be out of favor among todays celebrity talk show hosts.
You couldn't be more wrong. Apparently it needs to be said:
Carson often treated magicians differently than other guests.
He treated magicians the way Leno treats stand up comics. As a fan, and a promoter.
There are plenty of times when Carson said or did something that got a laugh at the expense of a guest, or their dignity. I'm sure you can think of a couple if you try hard enough. I know I can.
Even with magicians, he wasn't the darling people make him out to be when things were unscripted. Go back and watch Michael Ammar's appearance on the show, with Ar-nold, and Billy Crystal. Johnny and the others upstaged Ammar, and interrupted his performance, for the sake of laughs. Michael is notably distracted, and his timing is off, yet pro that he is, the performance is one of the great examples of magic on TV because they behave like real spectators, and he deals with it.
Just as Roth did, on Late Night.
It amazes me that people bitch all the time about the disingenuous L&L audiences but are offended when a TV host acts like a real audience member...