Friday, May 01, 2009

Your Mental Sorbet: Ed Ames on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - April 29, 1965.

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

While playing "Mingo" on television, Ames developed some skill in throwing a tomahawk. This led to one of the most memorable moments of his career, when he appeared on, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, on April 29, 1965. During the course of the show, Ames and Johnny Carson were discussing Ames' tomahawk throwing abilities. When Ames claimed that he could hit a target from across the room, Carson asked Ames if he could demonstrate this skill. Ames agreed, and a wood panel with a chalk outline of a cowboy was brought on to the stage.

This led to a very long burst of laughter from the audience and Carson's famous ad-libs; "I didn't even know you were Jewish!," and, "Welcome to Frontier Bris."

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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