The Curtain Falls...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

He was the top banana of the second bananas...Ed McMahon, the most famous sidekick in history, passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Of course The Tonight Show has never been the same without Johnny, but now I feel as if a chapter in television history has truly come to an end. In recent years McMahon had come to be a regular advertising spokesman for Publisher's Clearinghouse and (and I remember watching many episodes of Bloopers & Practical Jokes, which he co-hosted with Dick Clark) but he will always be remembered for his Tonight Show career which lasted over 30 years. He once said that he had the best job in the world, and who would disagree? He had the best seat in the house for Johnny's antics (mostly poking fun at his drinking.) Tributes from other celebs that are pouring it all say that McMahon was one of the nicest guys you could know.

I remember McMahon being a big cat lover; he introduced his Siamese cat Hershey Bar on TV once, and took his cats to his NBC office with him quite often. There is so much more that a blogger could say, but perhaps it's best to end with some funny clips of McMahon and Carson on YouTube, including the famous dog food commercial spoof. So in tribute, "Heeeeeeeeeeeeere's Ed and Johnny!"

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