Sad sad day for Entertainment… Ed Mc Mahon passed away…
Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr. (March 6, 1923) was an American comedian, game show host, announcer, and television personality. Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson’s announcer on Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, and as the host of the talent show Star Search from 1983 to 1995, he later also became well-known as the presenter of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, which arrives unannounced at the homes of winners. He subsequently made a series of Neighborhood Watch Public Service Announcements parodying that role.
McMahon annually co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. He performed in numerous television commercials, most notably for Budweiser. In the 1970s and 1980s, he anchored the team of NBC personalities conducting the network’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
McMahon appeared in several films, including The Incident (1967), Fun With Dick and Jane (1977), Full Moon High (1981), and Butterfly (1982), as well as briefly in the film version of Bewitched (2005). According to Entertainment Weekly he is considered one of the “greatest sidekicks”.
The Tonight Show
McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together as announcer and host on the daytime game show Who Do You Trust? (1957-1962). McMahon and Carson left to join The Tonight Show in 1962.
He describes what happened when the pair first met, the whole meeting being “about as exciting as watching a traffic light change”.
For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with a drawn-out “Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” His booming voice and constant laughter alongside the “King of Late Night” earned McMahon the nickname the Human Laugh Track and “Toymaker to the King”.
As part of the introductory patter to The Tonight Show, McMahon would state his name out loud, pronouncing it as Ed “Mc MAH yon”, but neither long-time cohort Johnny Carson nor anyone else who interviewed him ever seemed to pick up on that subtlety, usually referring to him as Ed “Mc MAN”.
The extroverted McMahon served as a counter to the notoriously shy Carson. Nonetheless, McMahon once told an interviewer that after his many decades as an emcee, he would still get “butterflies” in his stomach every time he would walk onto a stage, and would use that nervousness as a source of energy.
He was also host of the successful weekly syndicated series Star Search, which began in 1983 and helped launch the careers of numerous actors, singers, choreographers and comedians. He stayed with the show until it ended in 1995, and in 2003, he made a cameo appearance on the revival of the CBS show, hosted by his successor, Arsenio Hall.
McMahon at the premiere of Air America, 1990
McMahon and Dick Clark hosted the TV series (later special broadcast) TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes on NBC from 1982 until 1998, when Clark decided to move the production of the series to ABC.
In 2004, he became the announcer and co-host of Alf’s Hit Talk Show on TV Land. He has authored two memoirs, Here’s Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 46 Years of Friendship as well as For Laughing Out Loud.
McMahon hosted Lifestyles Live, a weekend talk program aired on the USA Radio Network. He also appeared in the feature documentary film, Pitch People, the first motion picture to take an in-depth look at the history and evolution of pitching products to the public.
McMahon recently appeared playing a rapper for a FreeCreditReport.com commercial and in a Cash for Gold commercial alongside MC Hammer. McMahon was also the Spokesman for Pride Mobility, a leading power wheelchair and scooter manufacturer.