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Joan Rivers dead at age 81

Joan Rivers dead at age 81

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Joan Rivers, the legendary comedian and television personality, died at age 81 on Thursday.
Annie Martin
Comedian David Brenner dies at 78

Comedian David Brenner dies at 78

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Philadelphia-born comedian David Brenner died after struggling with cancer, his publicist said. Brenner was 78.
David Brenner, comedian, dies at 78

David Brenner, comedian, dies at 78

March 15 (UPI) -- Johnny Carson favorite David Brenner died of cancer.
Danielle Haynes
Joan Rivers says she had a one-night stand with Johnny Carson

Joan Rivers says she had a one-night stand with Johnny Carson

March 12 (UPI) -- Joan Rivers made the claim amid reports that a Johnny Carson sex tape is about to hit the market.
Kate Stanton

Apple founder Steve Jobs up for commemorative postage stamp

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The face of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs may be before the public next year, appearing on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp, the Washington Post reported.
'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' premiere seen by 11.3M viewers

'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' premiere seen by 11.3M viewers

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Monday's series premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York was watched by 11.3 million viewers, NBC said Tuesday.
'Tonight Show' moves back to New York with Fallon as host

'Tonight Show' moves back to New York with Fallon as host

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New host Jimmy Fallon's debut Monday was the first episode of "The Tonight Show" broadcast from New York in more than 40 years.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
By United Press International
Jay Leno ends 22-year run as 'Tonight Show' host

Jay Leno ends 22-year run as 'Tonight Show' host

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Jay Leno has ended his 22-year stint as host of "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif.
Jimmy Fallon 'Tonight Show' promo explores show's history [VIDEO]

Jimmy Fallon 'Tonight Show' promo explores show's history [VIDEO]

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "More people have walked on the moon than have hosted 'The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon says in new promo.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Leno sad to see 'Tonight' moving back to N.Y.

Leno sad to see 'Tonight' moving back to N.Y.

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Late-night comic Jay Leno said he's "kind of sad" to see "The Tonight Show" leaving its longtime home in Burbank, Calif., for new digs in New York.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Johnny Carson's ex-wife Joanne denies infidelity with Frank Gifford

Johnny Carson's ex-wife Joanne denies infidelity with Frank Gifford

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Johnny Carson's ex-wife Joanne is denying an author's claim she cheated on the late U.S. comic icon with football player and broadcaster Frank Gifford.
Johnny Carson miniseries in the works at NBC

Johnny Carson miniseries in the works at NBC

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- NBC said Thursday it is developing a miniseries about the late U.S. talk-show host Johnny Carson.
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Musician Stan Kann, a regular guest on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," holds an antique 1932 Hoover vacuum cleaner as he talks about his visits to the Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson, in his south St. Louis home on January 26, 2005. Kann, a renowned concert theater organist, appeared on the show 77 times in 20 years, usually with housewares and his famous collection of vacuum cleaners. Johnny Carson died on January 23 at the age of 79. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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John William "Johnny" Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host and comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years (1962–1992). Carson received six Emmy Awards including the Governor Award and a 1985 Peabody Award; he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, and received Kennedy Center Honors in 1993.

Although his show was already hugely successful by the end of the 1960s, it was during the 1970s that he became an American icon and the "best guest" in American homes up until his retirement in 1992. Carson adopted a casual, conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach pioneered by Arthur Godfrey and previous Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar. Late night hosts David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon have all cited Carson's influence on their late-night talk shows, which greatly resemble Carson's show in format and tone.

Carson was born in Corning, Iowa, on October 23, 1925 to Homer "Kit" Lloyd Carson, a power company manager, and Ruth Hook Carson. He grew up in the nearby towns of Avoca, Clarinda and Red Oak in southwest Iowa, before moving to Norfolk, Nebraska at the age of eight. At the age of 12 Carson found a book on magic at a friend's house and immediately purchased a mail-order magician's kit. He debuted as "The Great Carsoni" at 14 and was paid $3; many other performances at local picnics and country fairs followed.

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