By Ken Tucker
Updated May 26, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original 'Tonight Show'

type
  • Book

Finally, proof positive that Allen created the late-night format and many of the routines and characters aped by Carson, Letterman, et al.

Host Spat
When Allen moved to Sundays, Sullivan creamed him in the ratings. One factor, says Alba, was Allen’s anti-death-penalty, antinuke politics.

Laff Line
Woman in audience: ”Do they get this show in Rochester?” Allen: ”Lady, they see this show in Rochester. I don’t think they get it.”

Episode Recaps

Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original 'Tonight Show'

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Ben Alba
publisher
  • Prometheus

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