Richard Lewis remembers Johnny Carson
OCT. 23, 1925-JAN. 23, 2005
Among my generation of comedians, getting on The Tonight Show was pretty much the only way that you could feel like you were successful. After my first appearance in 1974, Larry David and I went to Macy’s to see what kind of impact it had. He walked behind me humming the Tonight Show theme like Doc Severinsen’s trumpet for about an hour. A few people looked at us like we should be institutionalized, and we got kicked out of the store.