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1. The Tonight Show is the third longest running US TV program. What is NOT a long running program?

  • The Guiding Light
  • Meet the Press
  • The Morning Show

2. The Tonight Show first aired September 27, 1954. Who was the original host?

  • Sid Ceasar
  • Mel Brooks
  • Steve Allen

3. During the 1956 and 1957 season, who hosted the show on Monday and Tuesday night?

  • Elvis Presley
  • Andy Griffith
  • Ernie Kovacs

4. NBC decided to change the format from a talk/variety to a news/features show like their Today Show and retitled Tonight to Tonight! America After Dark.

  • True or False?

5. From January 28, 1957 to June 21, 1957, who was the Tonight host?

  • Jack Lescoulie
  • Gene Rayburn
  • Dee Finch

6. In July 1957, NBC scrapped the news and features format, returning the program to a talk/variety show format once again. Who became the shows host?

  • Mel Brooks
  • Johnny Carson
  • Jack Paar

7. With the new host, who became the shows announcer?

  • Ed Ames
  • Ed McMahon
  • Hugh Downs

8. Who was the first Tonight band leader?

  • Skitch Henderson
  • Madd Marvin
  • Manfred Mann

9. One of the early features was "Man on the Street interviews". Frequently featured actors as recurring characters though the host also performed impromptu bits with non-professional civilians. Who was NOT one of the actors?

  • Don Knotts
  • Tom Poston
  • Bob Newhart

10. In 1958, the off-again, on-again show, hosted by Allen Funt since radio's heyday, was a segment on The Tonight Show. What was the feature?

  • Candid Camera
  • What Time Is It
  • The Rose Show

Check Your Answers

  • 1. The Morning Show
  • 2. Steve Allen
  • 3. Ernie Kovacs
  • 4. True
  • 5. Jack Lescoulie
  • 6. Jack Paar
  • 7. Hugh Downs
  • 8. Skitch Henderson
  • 9. Bob Newhart
  • 10. Candid Camera
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