Mighty Carson Art Players, The

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.

See also -“Art Fern”  ;  “Carnac the Magnificent” ; “Floyd R. Turbo” ; “The Matinee Lady” ; The Mighty Carson Art Players Skits @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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