For almost 3 decades, Johnny Carson interviewed top celebrities and became one of the best talk show hosts in history. Thus, he earned the title of “The King of Late Night.” Carson hosted “The Tonight Show” from 1962 to 1992. He was the one to invent the talk show format.
Johnny Carson was well-known for his family-friendly style of interviews, making him one of the great entertainers. However, he was not just an entertainer but also a brilliant interviewer. One of his interview snippets, featuring his interview with Andy Griffith, garnered a lot of attention due to the amazing conversation between the two icons.
Andy Griffith was one of the iconic American TV celebrities from the 60s till the 80s. He was best known for his popular television series, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock.” Both the icons sat and talked to each other about several aspects of Griffith’s life.
They spoke about Griffith’s hometown, a small island called Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He told Carson it was a historical place near where the Wright Brothers first flew their flight. Then the TV icon spoke to Carson about his new mystery thriller movie, “Winter Kill,” where he played the role of a sheriff.
Griffith spoke about how he went on to become a stand-up comedian and played the trombone before he ventured into acting. It was a very laid-back conversation, where the two stars spoke about “white line and corn liquor.”
Griffith spoke about how he got influenced to play the trombone. He played a small piece of music on the trombone. However, while playing the instrument, he was too close to Carson, which must have been difficult for the host.
Griffith told Carson that he used to play the trombone on Sunday nights in church when the choir did not play. Then he performed a small music piece on the trombone. The melody played on the instrument was pleasant, but Griffith was sitting too close to Carson. Hence, the musical instrument was too loud for his ears. Carson could not keep a straight face while Griffith played the music. Nevertheless, it was one of the most pleasant conversations between two great entertainers.