The Amazing Kreskin made 88 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and has also been on with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and more. He continues to be the world’s leading mentalist. His off-broadway show debuts on April 12th at Theatre Row-Lion Theatre in New York City. We discussed how he first landed an appearance on the Tonight Show, his relationship with Johnny and Dave, and his experiences in Chicago. Kreskin also graciously agreed not to read my thoughts (or least not to announce them on the radio).
We had a lot of fun chatting with Joan Embery and sharing memories about her many segments on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. We discussed her first appearance on the show (she was almost late due to an uncooperative elephant), how much work went into setting up each segment, and Johnny’s perfect comedy timing. “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series” is a new DVD set out now.
It was great to chat with the legendary Tom Dreesen about his experiences on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. We discussed how he got his big break on the show, what he learned from studying Johnny, and how eventually he’d book himself on the show and THEN start to write material. Fun stories with a Chicago comedy great.
It was an honor to speak with legendary TV host Dick Cavett about his new book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.” We had a fun conversation about comedy writing, cultural references, and why people hear his voice in their heads. Toward the end of the interview, he complimented me on my hosting skills. That specific quote is immediately going on my resume.
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Praise for RYAN GATENBY and THE BIG WAKEUP CALL
“It’s a pleasure talking to you. You do this very well.” — DICK CAVETT