3 thoughts on “Watch The Debuts Of 8 Legendary Stand Up Comedians On The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson

  1. Awesome to watch! Thanks for posting!!

  2. Dan Licoppe says:

    These clips are great! So cool to see where they started out and compare it to how they developed their talents over the years. I saw Seinfeld perform last week and it’s amazing how his act and stage presence has evolved over the years. Even a great comic like him can get even better with practice and hard work. I loved the Eddie Murphy clip – man, he crushed it! Thanks for posting.

  3. Wardrick says:

    Very cool to watch.

    It’s a shame that doing TV spots like this does not have the resonance it used to have. First of all, it’s harder to GET such a spot, especially since all the talk shows only have comedians on from time to time. But, secondly, we’ve screwed up the order in which things are supposed to go.

    In the 80s (and 90s), it was all about building a reputation as a comedian in clubs. After you did, TV came calling and you got your spot on a talk show. That only increased your fan base, since–in the 70s and 80s–talk shows like “The Tonight Show” were watched by tens of millions.

    Now? “The Tonight Show” is #1…and watched by 3 million people per night. 1 million in the key demo. That’s significantly smaller than the 30 million per night that watched it in 1980.

    And we’ve reversed the game. Used to be you were a comic who then got on TV. Now you work like crazy to get on TV. And THEN, after you are, you start getting work in clubs. It made more sense when it was the other way around.

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