‘The Tonight Show’ Producers Past and Present Gather for Festival in Johnny Carson’s Hometown

Three eras of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” will be celebrated in June at the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson’s hometown of Norfolk, Neb.

A panel will be held at the Johnny Carson Theatre on June 18 featuring producers from three different stages of the late-night show’s seven decades. Josh Lieb, the current producer and showrunner for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; Dave Berg, a co-producer of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”; and Jeff Sotzing, president of Carson Entertainment and a producer of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” will all discuss their time with the show.

“ ‘The Tonight Show’ has been and continues to be such a huge part of the entertainment landscape,” said Kent Warneke, founder and past chairman of the Great American Comedy Festival. “To bring producers from three different eras of the show together on one stage promises to be a memorable event. We don’t believe anything like this has ever taken place before, so we want as many people as possible to take in and enjoy this historic presentation.”

The festival also includes the presentation of the annual Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award.

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