McMahon cemented his place in television history as second banana to Johnny Carson on the popular Tonight program, a show that essentially coded once
But for most of his career, he was content to just sit back and chuckle at his boss’ jokes (“You are CORRECT, sir!”) and play himself in a variety of guest appearances on such programs as Here’s Lucy, Amazing Stories, ALF, The Cosby Show and many, many more. Occasionally he would get a chance to take center stage and show audiences how multi-talented he was—his most successful venture co-hosting the popular TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes with the eternally youthful Dick Clark. (And I’m sorry to report this, but Ed’s going to have to do a little time in Purgatory for this indiscretion…and even longer for the Publishers’ Clearing House ads.)
If there is a place out in the Great Beyond where we mosey to after checking out of Hotel Earth, rest assured that it’s going to be a dandy place now that Ed has joined Johnny for what is surely the crème de la crème of all the Tonight Shows. (Just thinking of the celebrities available to stop by and sit on
R.I.P, Ed. You will most assuredly be missed.