Johnny Carson crushes it in classic ‘Tonight Show’ monologue from 1986

Johnny Carson

A video clip of Johnny Carson starting The Tonight Show in 1986 with a rib-tickling monologue is cracking people up. His lines and execution are done flawlessly, and it leaves the audience and viewers in stitches.

Johnny starts off by thanking the audience for being so lively, unlike the group from the night before. He gets distracted by Doc’s floral jacket and immediately diverts his attention toward the multicolored jacket.

‘You’re gutsy to wear a floral print,’ Johnny jests. ‘You have the face that can wear that,’ he continues, and the audience bursts out in laughter. Apparently, this was not the first time Johnny made fun of the band leader’s outfit.

Johnny Carson

One fan reminded us in the comment section: ‘There was one night Doc had on a pinstripe suit with multicolored stripes, and Johnny said he looked like a hitman working for a circus.’

That was not the last time he made of clothing. Later he goes on to make fun of the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ‘I just realized something weird. Do you realize that Gaddafi has more outfits than Cher?’ Johnny says and has the audience in stitches.

His hilarious monologue continues, and he makes jokes about President Raegan’s foreign policy, Liberace’s clothing, the stock market, the Colombia Space Shuttle, and more. It is a must-see, mood-lifting video, and the content is still funny decades after it was aired.

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Johnny Carson crushes it in classic \'Tonight Show\' monologue from 1986