Tongue-in-cheek nickname for the real-life investment broker of Johnny Carson who was routinely lampooned on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW during the 1970s and 1980s.
According to Carson’s comic monologues, some of Bushkin’s (alleged) investment strategies included, a Club Med in Beirut, tattoo parlor in the Vatican and a doggie-bag factory in Bangladesh.
Mr. Bushkin met Carson in the 1960s and followed him to Los Angeles in the early 1970s when THE TONIGHT SHOW moved from New York to Burbank, California.
However, Bushkin had a falling out with Johnny Carson in the 1980s over some bad investments including a $500,000 investment in the DeLorean Automobile Corporation (which went bankrupt) and they soon went their separate ways.
Note: In 2013, the book “Johnny Carson” by Henry Buskin published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt chronicled Bushkin’s relationship with the “King of Late Night,” including one story about how NBC supposedly cut a deal with the Mafia to cover an Italian-American rally on the news in exchange for calling off a hit on Carson, who had pursued the wrong wiseguy’s girlfriend?