Tribute to Tommy Smothers: Remembering His Iconic Johnny Carson Impersonation

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.27 - 2023 8:43 PM CET

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Remembering His Iconic Johnny Carson Impersonation.

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The entertainment world was saddened earlier today by the news of Tommy Smothers' passing at the age of 86. The beloved comedian, known for his role in "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" alongside his brother Dick, passed away peacefully at his home, following a recent battle with cancer.

His legacy in comedy and television satire has left an indelible mark on the industry.

Among the many memorable moments in his career, one that stands out is his spot-on impersonation of Johnny Carson.

"Flat out the BEST imitation of Carson ever"

This particular performance, which took place on February 20, 1992, showcased Smothers' incredible talent for mimicry and his unique comedic style. The clip has become one of the most-watched YouTube videos featuring Tommy Smothers, amassing over 7 million views since it was uploaded. With the news of his passing, it's likely that this iconic impersonation will be revisited by fans and new audiences alike in the coming days.

Tommy Smothers' ability to capture the essence of Carson's mannerisms and speech patterns in this performance is a testament to his skill as a comedian and entertainer. It remains a beloved piece of comedy history, reflecting the humor and charm that Smothers brought to every performance.

Fans have shared their admiration and amazement in the comments. Here are some of the reactions from viewers:

One person expressed, "No matter how well Rich Little impersonates Carson by voice, Tommy Smothers has him nailed VISUALLY. Incredible, especially when you have the long shot when he is just coming onto the stage, he looks EXACTLY like Johnny."

Another viewer highlighted the accuracy of the impersonation, saying, "100% spot-on. There are guys who can do Carson's voice, but I don't think any man could mimic Carson's mannerisms better than this."

And the sentiment is echoed by many, with another comment stating, "Flat out the BEST imitation of Carson ever!"

You can watch the hilarious impersonation here:

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