Johnny Carson. Jimmy Fallon.
The Tonight Show. The longest running talk show in television history. It has been hosted by some pretty impressive people. I want to talk about the two best, in my opinion.
Johnny Carson was a legendary icon in entertainment. He was a very talented man, and loved to play characters and do magic tricks. He revolutionized late night television, and entertained insomniacs and late night people for decades. I remember my mother and father watching him every night before bed, even though they had to get up early for work. Their day just couldn’t end without Johnny. There were no DVR’s back then, you had to watch in real time, and all the commercials too, lol.
Many people do not know that Johnny was very shy and retiring in his personal life. He did not like to socialize, and stayed out of the public eye. Being in millions of people’s living rooms every night was more than enough for him.
Now onto Jimmy. What can I say? I think that Jimmy is one of the most talented people on the planet. He can sing, he can dance, he is handsome, he is funny, he is mostly Irish, he has a beautiful wife, 2 adorable kiddies, he has a GOLDEN RETRIEVER…..he is my kind of guy! And everybody else’s too, based on his ratings.
I loved him on SNL, he could NEVER keep a straight face, lol. I loved him in Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore, I love him with Justin Timberlake doing their history of rap, and HashTags, I love him doing his spot-on imitations of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and other hit artists. I love his skits. I love his hosting (MTV, Emmys etc.) I love everything about him. Well, except for Ewwww. Jimmy dressed as a teenage girl with braces is kinda scary.
I think the man has more talent in his little fingers than most people do in their entire careers. He is the ultimate all-around entertainer. (JT is another one like Jimmy).
Both Johnny and Jimmy were/are incredible on Late Night. They were/are the best of their generation. I have to give the nod to Jimmy though, in terms of overall talent.
Who is YOUR favorite? Why? I’d like to hear it!