- Published: Sunday, 13 August 2017 21:58
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MOUNT VERNON – “Now heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” For 30 years, Ed McMahon, would announce the entrance of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. One of their favorite skits that frequently opened the program involved a mystic, divining the answer to a question written on a card sealed inside one of the envelopes, announcing it to the audience, then tearing open the envelope to reveal the question. The comedy came from an unexpected question following a seemingly straightforward answer. Ed would say, "I hold in my hand the envelopes. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They've been kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes – but you, in your mystical and borderline divine way, will ascertain the answers having never before heard the questions." The longest laugh ever recorded was given to "Sis Boom Bah," which was the answer to "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes."
Carson became the benchmark for all late night hosts to follow. This Thursday, August 17, the Chautauqua Series, in association with the Ariel Foundation welcome Jim Stoner portraying Johnny Carson. Stoner has performed the first person living history Chautauqua several times in the past 10 years and tackles the comedic timing and delivery of one of the most beloved comedians from the golden age of late night entertainment.
The program will be held at [email protected] (101 S. Main Street in historic downtown Mount Vernon) at 7 PM and the cost of the program is by donation, so you already have your ticket. Doors open at this first floor theatre at 6 PM and at 7 PM, Chris Petee will open the program with the music of Rosemary Clooney. Jim Stoner as Johnny Carson will headline and then open the microphones to a question and answer period right after the program.
For more information on this program or upcoming programs in the Chautauqua Series, visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102. If you would like to receive a gentle reminder email on the Sunday before each program, contact Mike Petee at [email protected].