From Steve Allen to Conan O'Brien: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments
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'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson': Carnac the Magnificent( Associated Press )
Johnny Carson never shied away from playing dress up, introducing numerous characters during his 30-year tenure. Aunt Blabby, Art Fern, El Mouldo and more became great go-to players, but it was Carnac the Magnificent who may be his most popular creation. With his colorful turban and cape, Carnac would hold an envelope next to his temple and say the answer to a clue or question that he would then open the letter and reveal. Countless classics resulted from this character/bit. Some of his more memorable ones include:
"Sis boom bah" ... "Describe the sound made when a sheep explodes."
'Ben Gay" ... "Why didn't Mrs. Franklin have any kids?"
"R-O-L-A-I-D-S" ... "How does a stupid person spell 'backgammon'?"