I said it in my review of Carson himself I was only 13 1/2 when the show ended but I saw him enough to know how great and how funny he was. He had great guests, funny animal segments. Plus he had great skits like Carnac, and his personations of people like Willy Nelson. He killed, and even when he screwed up or if a joke wasn't funny, somehow he made it funny, he was great even when he bombed. The fact that he did that and was on that show for as long as he was is amazing. I like Jay Leno, but the Tonight show was never the same after Johnny Carson retired.