Group of actors first seen in 1966 who assisted host Johnny Carson in comedy skits on the late night talk/variety show THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON/NBC/1962-92. TMCAP performers spoofed news, movies, television shows, and commercials.
Over the run of the program, Johnny Carson spoofed President Ronald Reagan, TV Detective Columbo, pirate movies (“Captain Stud”), Rambo (“Mr. Rambo’s Neighborhood”, a spoof of “Mr. Rogers”) , George Washington, Cupid, Return of the Cracked Liberty Bell, Adam and Eve, a Forest Ranger, a Female Reporter in a Locker Room, and the Mr. Goodwin Crest (Pest) toothpaste commercials.
Johnny Carson also spoofed Karl Malden, who was known as the spokesperson for the American Express credit card and his catchphrase, “Don’t leave home without it.” At the end of the skit, as Carson/Malden says, “You’re away from home and your wallet is stolen and all your cash is gone. What will you do?” he is hit in the face with a cream pie.
Note: The “The Mighty Carson Art Players” was derived from “The Mighty Allen Art Players” originated by comedian Fred Allen in the early days of radio.