When former ‘Tonight Show’ host Johnny Carson died in 2005, ‘Late Show’ host David Letterman recited a comedic monologue at the beginning of the show, revealing later that every joke had been written by Carson, who had been sending in one or two jokes a week during his retirement

Letterman pays tribute to Johnny Carson

It was Johnny Carson’s last monologue and, predictably, it drew plenty of laughs.

David Letterman paid tribute to Carson, who died Jan. 23, by delivering a “Late Show” monologue Monday composed entirely of jokes the retired “Tonight” show host had quietly sent him in his final months.

Only after the monologue was through and Letterman was back behind his desk did he tell the audience who had written the jokes.

There were some topics Carson couldn’t quite resist in retirement: Paris Hilton and Donald Trump’s hair.

Letterman set up one joke by noting scientists had been working on an airplane that flew 50 miles above the Earth. Only two man-made objects were visible at that distance, he said.

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  1. szekeres81

    According to the article, it was also a big sign that Carson would have preferred Letterman to take over the Tonight Show, rather than Jay Leno.

  2. jenksmraz

    On a similar note, Letterman chose Norm Macdonald as the comic to perform for his last show, and Norm closed his set with his favorite Letterman joke.

  3. DLoFoSho

    When he told a joke and then pantomimed swinging a golf club, that was a joke written by Carson.

  4. Nobuenogringo

    Reruns are absolutely worth a watch, especially if you love history. The show does something you can’t get from a history book and that’s provide you a view of what people thought at the time history was happening. So much of history is rewritten you don’t understand what people thought at the time.

  5. samejimaT

    Pluto tv has a carson TV channel.im amazed by how much talent came on and Carson knew how to handle it perfectly

  6. Tokasmoka420

    Leno was unwatchable during the OJ trial, hell he might’ve been always unwatchable idk.

  7. I_wish_I_was_a_robot

    I don’t know if I’ve ever sat through an entire talk show

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