Arlene Francis was the first female host of The Tonight Show.
The program reverts back to its original name, "The Tonight Show" starting with this episode
Ms. Streisand's network television debut.
Jack commits a faux pas in his opening remarks when he tells his Hawaiian audience the show is being taped in Honolulu for rebroadcast "back in the United States."
Comedian Paul Gilbert is the father of actress Melissa Gilbert.
Johnny Carson guest-hosts for Jack. Four years later, Carson would take over as the permanent host of the Tonight Show.
After this appearance by Johnny Carson and years before Johnny took over I was offered a contract to be the permanent host of the Tonight Show- Johnny was at as low as 2nd choice. My name is Bobby Dias , then also known as Kissing Bobby. Also, I guest hosted the entire show 126 times- 10 times the guest hosting of Johnny Carson. And the nightly TV audience of my half hour was 31.4 million- 20 x Johnny Carson's Tonight Show average. Johnny Carson's first shot at being the host ended in him being fired for low ratings. A combination of Johnny Carson and Jack Paar as co-hosts worked, finally.
Jack Paar heard about it, booked Carol Burnett on the "Tonight Show," and it created a frenzy.
This was Geneviève's first appearance, she became a semi-regular after when the audience reacted to her mangling of the English language with big laughs.
The newspaper ad for the premiere emphasized the show would be "Fun!"- a quality which apparently had been lacking in the America After Dark shows of the previous six months.
Franklin Pangborn was the original announcer and sidekick. Pangborn was an old movie character actor who specialized in playing prissy bank-clerk types, and Paar thought audiences would find him amusing. Unfortunately, Pangborn was clueless without a script-at one point in the show Paar mentioned Pangborn had worked with W.C. Fields. Pangborn's response was to smile and nod his head. Within a short time Pangborn was replaced by Hugh Downs (who came over from the recently cancelled Home).