This comedian’s approximation of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show is bonkers

640The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a staple of the NBC lineup for nearly 30 years, becoming an enduring aspect of American life in the process, with its mixture of topical humor, laid-back celebrity interviews, and the eternally boyish charm of its Midwestern-born host. Carson retired from The Tonight Show desk in 1992 and died in 2005. It would seem that Carson’s Tonight Show exists today only in reruns and YouTube clips, a relic of the past. But now, comedian Conner O’Malley, himself a writer for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, is presenting his own profane, dadaist take on the legendary late-night chat fest, filmed on an incredibly ramshackle set at the Aviv Music Venue in Brooklyn. O’Malley, sweating profusely and wearing a loose-fitting, white-haired wig and orange makeup, portrays Carson. Or—more accurately—he plays a lurching, leering, semi-coherent approximation of Carson. This is a ghoulish, gargoyle-like parody of The Tonight Show in which the host, his sidekicks, and the guests are all monstrous.

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