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Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship | [Ed McMahon]

Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship

Brilliant in front of the camera but shy in person, Johnny Carson seldom gave interviews. But no one knew him better than Ed McMahon, Carson's personal friend and showbiz sidekick for almost 40 years. Now, with Johnny's blessings before he died, McMahon can finally share all the stories that only he knows.
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Publisher's Summary

Here's Johnny! is like sitting with Ed and Johnny over lunch.

Brilliant in front of the camera but shy in person, Johnny Carson seldom gave interviews. But no one knew him better than Ed McMahon, Carson's personal friend and showbiz sidekick for almost 40 years. Now, with Johnny's blessings before he died, McMahon can finally share all the stories that only he knows. From the sofa at Johnny's right to backstage and to their personal relationship, McMahon provides a real picture of the man who so carefully censored his public image, revealing the caring person within the dynamic star.

©2005 Ed McMahon; (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC

What the Critics Say

"[McMahon is] an engaging reader with a conversational style and sharp comic timing....With an emphasis on classic Tonight Show moments, McMahon's recollections will bring back warm memories." (AudioFile)

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    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 03-02-08
    Christopher SOMERS, MT, United States 03-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "What was Johnny Carson like? Let Ed tell you..."

    It is very unfortunate that Johnny Carson was so shy, he never did an autobiography. This left only one person with the requisite knowledge to tell us about Johnny.

    Ed McMahon does a wonderful job of filling us in about what it was about Johnny Carson that helped him become America's king of late-night television for 30 years. While Johnny was very adept at what he did, I think deep down he knew he couldn't have gone as far as he did without Ed McMahon's contributions, and Ed greatly downplays his role to focus on Carson and their teamwork.

    Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marv Lowell, MI, USA 07-07-06
    Marv Lowell, MI, USA 07-07-06 Member Since 2006
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    "a funny listen!"

    This is a loving, charming reminisce by the author of his long, close relationship with Johnny Carson. It is like sitting down and having coffee or a drink and listening to the author talk about his long career in show business with Carson. I found it frequently funny, often of the belly laugh variety, with my obtaining some new insights into Carson's psyche. It's told in no particular chronological order, one can pick it up virtually anywhere without losing one's place. I found the author's reading quite engaging and that made the listen that much more enjoyable. It must've been a special friendship they had. Thank you, Mr. McMahon, for sharing. I enjoyed your audio book and recommend it for anyone wanting to brighten up a blue afternoon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jerold Seattle, WA 01-04-13
    Jerold Seattle, WA 01-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Here's Johnny! to be better than the print version?

    Ed did make this all the more entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt Johnny Carson. Carson the shy comic star from a perspective fans would never know.


    Which character – as performed by Ed McMahon – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Ed being Ed offering the insight only he could regarding Johnny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssss


    Any additional comments?

    Any Tonight Show fan will enjoy McMahon's memories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Queensbury, NY, United States 10-11-12
    Susan Queensbury, NY, United States 10-11-12
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    "One of a Kind"

    Told by Ed who knew him best. Tells behind the scenes and late nights out. Who Johnny really was and many who came in contact with him. Has audio from the shows. Will make you laugh and touch your heart.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lesli Innisfil, Ontario, Canada 03-02-12
    Lesli Innisfil, Ontario, Canada 03-02-12 Member Since 2011

    avid bookworm

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    "disappointing"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it became tiresome hearing the same catchphrases (heeeeeeeeere's johnny) over and over. seemed much of the storyline was more about Ed than Carson.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 08-30-06
    Peter Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 08-30-06
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    "A friend's love and respect for a special time."

    I like many millions, have come to love and respect Ed McMahan. As for Johnny it is known by all; there is only one Johnny and for his many hours of laughter and enterainment.

    Ed is a man who was blessed to live his life with someone professionally and personal he loved and respect and together they were truly very, very special!!

    I thank Ed for taking the time to let us in on some of the moments near and dear to him. I am sure that it was a blessing and painful for Ed to relive his life with and about Johnny and him.

    Hhheeerrreeeeeee Johnny!!! We will never see the likes of Johnny or Ed again. As the secretary of war said when President Lincoln died "he now belongs to history" Ed, Johnny now belongs to history.

    Thank-you Ed McMahan for putting these thoughts down about two dear friends; men who lived, loved, and gave to the world a tremendous gift-laughter!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 12-24-13
    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2009

    70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is an OK listen and Ed McMahon's voice is pleasant and familiar from the many nights America heard him announce Johnny Carson and the list of guests there to entertain us for the night. However, it is very predictible in that Ed is so Pro-Johnny that his stories just seem to glaze over the experiences they shared - both on and off air. McMahon rarely gives any insight into Carson's feelings, opinions, preferences or prejudices. He doesn't go beyond the TV Johnny.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ed McMahon? Why or why not?

    I doubt it. What is left to say except how much fun he had doing Alpo commercials.


    What aspect of Ed McMahon’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing probably.


    Did Here's Johnny! inspire you to do anything?

    Finish the book and turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed. If you want a good book about Johnny Carson, listen to the one by Henry Bushkin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Kramme 08-17-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "The Story Behind"

    Great incite into the backstage of a great entertainer by his greatest admirer. Excellant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-10-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Nothing New"

    Although I know it will not be worth it, periodically I succumb to mass hysteria (on an individual basis) and buy a book like this one. I am always dissapointed.

    I enjoyed Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon on TV as much as the next person. But this book does not replicate what I enjoyed on the TV screen. It is not that the book is bad, as much as it just doesn't "do" anything.

    We get a little history, nothing that was unknown before. We get a lot of humor, nothing that hasn't been told before. We get a lot of sentiment, and nothing pleases me more than to know that these two personalities loved and respected one another as they had good reason to do so. But none of this was new.

    Listening to this selection did make me wonder why I buy and listen to the selections I do. I may not have come up with any answers, but I know I must do a better job of resisting buying more of these celebrity titles.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cara Story City, IA, USA 06-25-09
    Cara Story City, IA, USA 06-25-09
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    "The narrator really makes the difference"

    I almost feel guilty saying this after Ed's recent death, but he read the book. No infliction of emotion, and no pause or timing in any of the jokes. I listened to the whole thing, but it was hard to do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    9/18/12
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    "Dreadful"

    I hated this book! "Here's Johnny" featured far too often, there were no revelations about any of the amazing guests he must have met and interviewed and any promise of an interesting anecdote faded into a missed opportunity. Simply dreadful!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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