Heeeeere's ... to 50 years!
September 27, 2004 12:17 PM Subscribe
The Tonight Show
celebrates its 50th anniversary of national broadcast, it was a local New York show staring in 1953
tonight. Steve Allen
was its first host, blazing the trail for all late nights to come (did you know his announcer was Gene Rayburn
?). Then came Jack Parr
. The world was a better place with Johnny Carson
making us laugh nearly every night for thirty years. Jay Leno
's rise to host was certainly not easy. And, it seems, on the show's 55th anniversary, it'll be Conan
inheriting the throne! Happy anniversary
to one of the most entertaining, groundbreaking American institutions ever.