Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tonight Show, The: Starring Guest Host Joan Rivers (1962) (TV series) 1962-1992


History's greatest television show had guest hosts on a regular basis. Some of the great names in entertainment took their shot at the big desk but one of the best, IMHO, was Joan Rivers. Her episodes were a little more manic, a little more show biz.

One highlight was the introduction of Oprah to America. Watching Joan push up her glasses as she stares at the card, "Oprah, let me make sure I'm saying this right, Win-FREE". At this point she was merely the host of AM Chicago, just enough juice to get a third booking on a late night talk show with a guest host! Things have changed now. And when Joan blows Bronson Pinchot's name on the night before his appearance and then spends way too much time apologizing the following night. Then they BOTH go into a terribly homophobic dialogue, really nasty and certainly insulting to some. Still cringe-worthy 25 years later! Gut-punch funny.

AVAILABLE EPISODES


Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Lillian Gish, Marilu Henner, Neil Simon
1984

Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Lucy, Betty, Morgan, Sandy
3 December 1984

Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Gary Coleman, Cher, Louie Anderson, Lisa Eilbacher
1985


Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Diahann Carroll, Erma Bombeck, Bronson Pinchot
1985


Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Lynda Carter, Grace Jones, Danny Sullivan
1985


Guest Host - Joan Rivers
Selma Diamond, Oprah Winfrey, Howie Mandel
13 September 1985

The Tonight Show: Starring Johnny Carson (1962) TV series 1962-1992
Guest Host: Joan Rivers

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