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Tonight Hosted by Steve Allen Premieres on NBC (1954)

In 1954, Tonight debuted with 32-year-old Steve Allen hosting. The humorous late-night talk show came to occupy a prominent place in American television and has aired for more than 50 years, usually on weeknights. Some of its longer-running hosts have included Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno, each backed by house musicians. In 1960, Paar walked off stage in the middle of a show, angry that censors had cut one of his jokes. He returned weeks later. What was the joke? More...
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Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010-Intertitle.jpg
Format Talk show
Variety show
Created by Steve Allen
William O. Harbach
Dwight Hemion
Sylvester L. Weaver, Jr.
Presented by Steve Allen (1954–1957)
Jack Paar (1957–1962)
Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–present)
Conan O'Brien (2009–2010)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 2,000 (before Carson)
4,531 (Carson)
4,429 (Leno)
146 (O'Brien)
Total: 11,106
Production
Location(s) New York City 1954–1957, 1957–1972, 2014–
Chicago (Tonight! America After Dark) 1957
Los Angeles (Tonight! America After Dark) 1957, 1972–2014
Running time Varies
Production company(s) NBC Productions (1954–1996)
Tonight Show Company, LLC. (1962–1980)
Carson Productions (1980–1992)
Big Dog Productions (1992–2009, 2010–2014)
NBC Studios (1996–2004)
NBC Universal Television Studio (2004–2007)
Universal Media Studios (2007–2011)
Universal Television (2011–present)
Conaco (2009–2010)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i SDTV (1954–1999)
1080i HDTV (1999–present)
Original run September 27, 1954 – present

The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show that has aired on NBC since 1954. Recorded in Los Angeles, it is the longest currently running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States and the third longest-running show on NBC after Meet the Press and Today.

The Tonight Show was hosted by Steve Allen (1954–1957), Jack Paar (1957–1962), Johnny Carson (1962–1992), Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–present), and Conan O'Brien (2009–2010). Several guest hosts also appeared, particularly during the Paar and Carson eras.

The longest-serving host to date was Johnny Carson, who hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 seasons from the fall of 1962 through the spring of 1992. The current host of the show is Jay Leno, who had hosted the show from 1992 to 2009 and began his second tenure on March 1, 2010.[1]

On April 3, 2013, NBC announced Jimmy Fallon would become the new host of The Tonight Show. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will premiere February 24, 2014, the day after the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics.[2]
Hosting history

NBC's Broadway Open House which began in 1950 first demonstrated the potential for late night network programming. The format for The Tonight Show can be traced to a nightly 40 minute local New York show hosted by Allen, originally titled The Knickerbocker Beer Show (after the sponsor) but quickly retitled The Steve Allen Show, which premiered in 1953 on WNBT. Beginning in September 1954, it was renamed Tonight! and shown on the full NBC network.
Host From To Notes # of episodes
Date Age Date Age
Steve Allen September 27, 1954 32 January 25, 1957 35 Tonight Starring Steve Allen 2,000[tablenote 1]
Ernie Kovacs October 1, 1956 37 January 22, 1957 37 Monday-Tuesday host
Jack Lescoulie January 28, 1957 44 June 21, 1957 44 Today veteran hosted format switch to news program Tonight! America After Dark
Al "Jazzbo" Collins June 24, 1957 38 July 26, 1957 38 Replaced Lescoulie, who remained on Today
Jack Paar July 29, 1957 39 March 30, 1962 43 Format switch to talk show; also called Tonight Starring Jack Paar and Jack Paar Tonight
Various hosts April 2, 1962 N/A September 28, 1962 N/A Interlude between Paar and Carson eras. Guest hosts included Groucho Marx, Merv Griffin, Bill Cullen, Jerry Lewis, and Mort Sahl.
Johnny Carson October 1, 1962 36 May 22, 1992 66 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 4,531[tablenote 2]
Jay Leno May 25, 1992 42 May 29, 2009 59 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 4,429[tablenote 3]
Conan O'Brien June 1, 2009 46 January 22, 2010 46 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 146[citation needed]
Jay Leno March 1, 2010 59 February 6, 2014 63 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno [tablenote 3]

Notes for hosting history

^ Includes episodes hosted by all hosts prior to Johnny Carson.
^ Not including guest hosted or Weekend Tonight Show/Best of Carson episodes
^ a b As of March 21, 2013

Steve Allen (1954–1957)

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Jack Paar’s “Water Closet” Joke

February 10, 1960

"An English lady, while visiting Switzerland, was looking for a room, and she asked the schoolmaster if he could recommend any to her. He took her to see several rooms, and when everything was settled, the lady returned to her home to make the final preparations to move.

When she arrived home, the thought suddenly occurred to her that she had not seen a “W.C.” [water closet, a euphemism for toilet] around the place. So she immediately wrote a note to the schoolmaster asking him if there were a “W.C.” around. The [Swiss] schoolmaster was a very poor student of English, so he asked the [Swiss] parish priest if he could help in the matter. Together they tried to discover the meaning of the letters “W.C.,” and the only solution they could find for the letters was “Wayside Chapel.” The schoolmaster then wrote to the English lady the following note:

Dear Madam:
I take great pleasure in informing you that the W.C. is situated nine miles from the house you occupy, in the center of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people and it is open on Sunday and Thursday only. As there are a great number of people and they are expected during the summer months, I would suggest that you come early: although there is plenty of standing room as a rule. You will no doubt be glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch and make a day of it; while others who can afford to go by car arrive just in time. I would especially recommend that your ladyship go on Thursday when there is a musical accompaniment. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the W.C. and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to a seat ordinarily occupied by one. It was wonderful to see the expression on their faces. The newest attraction is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held to provide plush seats for all the people, since they feel it is a long felt need. My wife is rather delicate, so she can’t attend regularly. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you if you wish, where you will be seen by all. For the children, there is a special time and place so that they will not disturb the elders. Hoping to have been of service to you, I remain,
Sincerely,
The Schoolmaster"
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