Robert Klein/Kevin Spacey/Mary Peyton Meyer 

Johnny looks at rejected TV pilots. Robert Klein (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)); Kevin Spacey (Fall from Grace (1990)); 84-year-old Mary Peyton Meyer discusses writing a column in her small-town newspaper for 69 years.


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Episode cast overview:
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host
Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom ... Himself - Substitute Bandleader
Robert Klein ... Himself
Kevin Spacey ... Himself
Mary Peyton Meyer Mary Peyton Meyer ... Herself


The comedy segment is photos from TV show pilots that were not picked up as series. Mary Peyton Meyer, from Frogtown, Illinois (with a population of 10), has been writing a column in her local paper, the Vandalia Leader-Union, for 69 years. She also was a schoolteacher in a one-room schoolhouse, which she had previously attended, and demonstrates the whistle she used to keep students in line. She talks about how she avoids salacious gossip in her column, and often covers mundane topics such as residents' shopping and dining activities. She then encourages Johnny to come to Frogtown for a visit. Robert Klein does not do a stand-up routine, but tells funny stories about airline travel; he discusses the comparative benefits and nuisances of airline deregulation, and comments on how he encourages everyone to order kosher in-flight meals to be disruptive. Then a clip from his film "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie" is shown. Kevin Spacey talks about playing Jim Bakker in the TV movie "... Written by lenab9011

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Comedy | Talk-Show







Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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Carson Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Carson: They give you any advice when you came here?
Mary Peyton Meyer: Yes, they did.
Johnny Carson: What'd they say?
Mary Peyton Meyer: They told me - some of them told me to wear black. I said I wasn't gonna wear black - they couldn't bury me in black!
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References Good Against Evil (1977) See more »


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