THE TONIGHT SHOW: JOHNNY AND FRIENDS REVIEWED
“Johnny and Friends” brings together full episodes from three amazing comedians. Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams get to flex their muscle through the late 70s – early 90s. What’s even more amazing is that all three of Eddie Murphy’s appearances happened within 8 months of 1982. History is a tricky thing, but so many people forget the meteoric rise of Murphy. I still find it crazy that he’s barely above Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb in his Summer 1982 show visit.
I love these presentations, as they pick the best episodes and match them with vintage commercials. What’s weird is that if you didn’t have that early Tonight Show return for Steve Martin, most of these episodes take place within a decade of time. That seems to work better thematically. Oh well, it’s not like I produced the DVD.
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 7/4/17
- Video - 86%86%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Show Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny & Friends – Hand-picked episodes from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Johnny Carson defined late-night television. For over 30 years, America watched, laughed, and sang together with Johnny and his famous friends. Join Johnny as he showcases Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Eddie Murphy-three of the funniest men ever to grace stage and screen-in this three-disc set that includes nine complete episodes of “The Tonight Show” from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Other guests include Jimmy Stewart, Sylvester Stallone, Jonathan Winters, Karen Black, Wayne Rogers, and more.