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Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

Synopsis
US late night talk/variety show hosted by Johnny Carson. In this episode Charles Nelson Reilly recites Hamlet’s ‘to be or not’ soliloquy. An actress had dismissed him as he tried to join the conversation about Shakespeare. He then got up and performed the soliloquy.
Series
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Contributor
Johnny Carson
Cast
Charles Nelson ReillyHamlet

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Hamlet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The tape from the original broadcast is said to have been wiped but Reilly re-created his recitation and incorporated it into his one-man show THE LIFE OF REILLY (2007) available from http://charlesnelsonreilly.myshopify.com.
History
Transmission date unknown.

Production Company

Name

Carson Productions

Record Stats

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