The Best of The Tonight Show: Stand-up Comedians 

R2 Entertainment • $24.99 • 1971-91

A curious mix of stand-up comics from the halcyon days of the late night talk show. (Fans of The Larry Sanders Show can view the source material in this and a concurrent King of Late Night Carson release.) The focus is on legendary comics making their first national TV appearances and as such is an invaluable document. Seinfeld makes his debut with his famous persona fully-formed and seemingly impervious to nerves, while others like Gary Shandling or Roseanne Barr seem a bit overwhelmed by their performance before the comedy god. Other featured comics are of the head-scratching variety (a pre-props Gallagher, Rich Shydner, a weird but unfunny George Carlin?) suggest either a rights holding problem or a desire to stretch the series out.


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