Some little girls dream about becoming a princess or a famous actress. I am sure I did the same, at least once, but grander than any of those fleeting fantasies were my dreams of writing for people like Johnny Carson and for shows like Saturday Night Live. ✍🏻 What a funny little girl I was. Johnny Carson’s characters, interview style, and his laugh made me laugh and I remember the first time my brother and I were allowed to watch SNL, with the original cast of Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and others.
During that “first” show, John Belushi said, “Damn.” Gasp, my mom did, sending shock waves through our living room! Damn, that was funny. Lying on our brown carpet next to our brown couch, I watched shows like these and dreamed my little writer dream. Lucky me, I was in an early school setting that allowed me to create and act out characters. My most memorable character was Shinah Door; she was my version of Dinah Shore. As her, I interviewed students. Those interviews were recorded. Sure would be fun to see those recordings now! A comedic writing seed nurtured when I watched reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show. For those who are either too old to remember, or too young to know, that black & white show is about the life and antics of the character Rob Petrie, a comedy writer married to Laura (Mary Tyler Moore). Petrie is the head comedy writer for a fictional comedy/variety show produced in Manhattan.
(A few) Comedians who got their start on The Johnny Carson Show:
“In school, every period ends with a bell. Every sentence ends with a period. Every crime ends with a sentence.”Steven Wright
“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”Joan Rivers
“America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real, but the moon landing was faked.”David Letterman
Thanks for sharing a visit and a laugh! Be well. 💗 Michele
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