Jonathan Winters/Peter Strauss 

Johnny plays Dunk the Dork with an "IRS Representative" who is asked tax questions by audience members. Jonathan Winters (Jonathan Winters and Friends (1989) (TV)) tells stories about his youth; Peter Strauss (Peter Gunn (1989)).


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Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Doc Severinsen ... Himself - Bandleader
Jonathan Winters ... Himself
Peter Strauss ... Himself
Brian Gillis Brian Gillis ... Himself (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Edgerly Bob Edgerly ... Himself
Gail Edgerly Gail Edgerly ... Herself
Ross Elkier Ross Elkier ... Himself
Jason Mandela Jason Mandela ... Himself
Bob Ruth Bob Ruth ... Mr. Robert Halewood


For the comedy segment, Johnny introduces an IRS spokesman who will provide advice to audience members; Johnny then reveals that the IRS man (played by Bob Ruth) will be in a dunk tank, and audience members will throw crumpled tax forms at the target to dunk him if they are unhappy with his answers to their questions. None of the four hit the target the first time, so Johnny has them take a second throw simultaneously. He is dunked in the tank, even though it looks like all missed the target again. Jonathan Winters comes out wearing a captain's cap, and riffs on the captain of the Exxon Valdez. Johnny asks about his interest in women growing up, and he jokes about that and tells of an unsuccessful date after a drive-in double feature. Asked about his childhood, he recalls advice he got from his mother and grandfather. He also talks about toning down his behavior since his youth, when he would often engage in public pranks. Peter Strauss mentions his upcoming Peter Gunn film. Asked to ... Written by lenab9011

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Plot Keywords:

irs | dunk tank | See All (2) »


Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

13 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carson Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Winters: [on the IRS spokesman being dunked] He's a big guy; he's not, uh - he's like I am... Better-looking man.
Johnny Carson: I think you're a fine-looking man.
Jonathan Winters: [touching Johnny's arm and winking] Well, thank - and you're an attractive man.
[audience laughter]
Jonathan Winters: ...Well, we certainly covered that. You're new in the bar.
Johnny Carson: Let's not let this slip into something sordid...
Johnny Carson: [feels Winters' jacket] Leather city, huh? That's nice. Tell you, leather city.
Jonathan Winters: Wait 'til I take you home to Mother. She's gonna love you.
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References Peter Gunn (1958) See more »


Johnny's Theme
Composed by Paul Anka
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