Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pain. Suffering. Johnny Carson

I know you've been missing the trivia. Well, Spring Break is over, the f was in town for the weekend, and we celebrated Easter Eve by rocking the Saturday night trivia. It was a tough one, and I'll skip a couple of our misses, because it was tough to follow the wording on some of them. Here's what I wrote down. Happy Easter.

1. What is the surgical knife known as an izmel used for?
2. What element is added to rubber to vulcanize it?
3. Which Christian feast celebrates tongues of fire descending on the apostles?
4. Who was the first female comic called to the couch by Johnny Carson?


Bill_45 said...

1. Bris
2. ??
3. Don't know, but it sounds like the buffet at the Brazilian restaurant down the street.
4. Joan Rivers

J. Bowman said...

1. Circumcision
2. Sulfur
3. Pentecost
4. Ellen DeGeneres. I'm not sure I really understand what "called to the couch" means in context.

bill said...

"Called to the couch" was a big deal and it was like getting a blessing from the Comedy Pope.

Unless it was a big name comedian, they'd do their act, the show would go to commercial, and the comedian would be gone. If Johnny liked the act, he'd call them over to the couch. Very few comedians made it over on their first visit.

I can't find it online, so I might have heard it on a TV special, but comedians talked about there being a list of Carson signs. He could give them the thumbs up, comment "that's some funny stuff," or bring them over to the couch. If he didn't say anything, they'd probably never get asked back.

bill said...

NY Times: Carson's Code