He was unflappable. His deadpan look, sense of timing, unabashed laughter, and ability to turn a poorly-received joke into a crowd-pleaser have been unparalleled during or since.
Favorite moments include his session with Dolly Parton ("I'd give a year's salary for a peek under there!"), or Ed Ames, Mingo from the Daniel Boone Show who expertly threw a hatchet directly into the crotch of a shadow. Read the whole story here . . .
Name your own favorite moment, because there were many.
He had a few losers, but not many, and seemed to be a pivot point for success - or failure - of a new guest. His own team may have had their own mixed emotions, as Doc Severinsen once pointed out, that Johnny could be "intimidating." Yet where would Ed McMahon be without him? This testimonial from Severinsen says it all.
Here is the PBS synopsis on Carson - click here.