Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012)


“He had the kind of personality that when the light went on, he could do it all. When the light went off, a lot of times he wanted to put the covers over his head and go to bed. ” – Don Rickles

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and career of the man who changed the way that the world looks at Late Night Television.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been meaning to watch for months and finally got around to it.

I have always been a fan of Late Night TV and this is a film about the very man who ended up creating and innovating the format that we all are familiar with on a nightly basis.

Johnny Carson’s life is both tragic and uplifting because we get to see how much he thrived when in front of an audience and how many lows he hit when he wasn’t.

The film gives us a very powerful and poignant perspective on his life which sheds so much light on how he was perceived by himself and by others.

The interviews with present and past comedians helps give us such a unique perspective on Carson and his personality.

They do a wonderful job showing how being in front of a crowd could make one act a certain way even if in smaller or private groups things were quite different because of his rapidly changing personality depending on the venue.

This film goes into sharp detail about why he was sought out so much by the network and others as an MC for decades due to the way that his personal charm and charisma would draw people in every time.

Bottom Line – Very powerful and poignant film that shows how the format of Late Night that we know all about now, came about. The very candid interviews with modern comedians along with classic ones helps show who Carson was on an off screen which is integral to see because he was so very different whether he was in front of an audience or not. This film really shows how much a crowd can affect someone’s life and personality. The movie does a great job explaining why he was such a sought after MC due to his charisma and charm that always drew people in. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Johnny’s yacht was named “Serengeti,” which was prominently featured in the last fifteen minutes of the documentary, with many shots of him aboard the yacht, with the yacht name in several of the photographs. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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