Do not adjust your rabbit ears, late-night TV viewers. Four decades after their talk shows last went head to head, Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson are once again competing on the small screen — in nightly reruns. Cavett's nightly talk show debuted in on ABC, ending its run five years later after failing to dethrone late-night king Carson. Decades will air episodes spanning the full quarter century of Cavett's broadcasts.
Dick Cavett on Meeting Johnny Carson
Dick Cavett - Wikipedia
Of all the things that mark out Dick Cavett as a talk show host like few others, perhaps the most notable is that US President Richard Nixon was caught on tape discussing how to ruin him. It was , and Nixon was on the warpath against much of show business. The commander-in-chief perceived the press as generally malign and left-wing. Dick Cavett was not, on appearance, the kind of brazen media figure such a vendetta might suggest. He was a physically unimposing former comedian with a neat blond side-parting; mild-mannered, hyper-cultured, and thoroughly liberal, in spite of welcoming guests from across the political spectrum. His talk show was popular, sure, but acted as a more cerebral counterpoint to mainstream peers like Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, who both remained firmly above him in ratings. Cavett welcomed most of the major cultural names of the era onto his show — including John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Dick Cavett on ‘Tonight Show’ Host Angst: Johnny Carson ‘Only Happy For That Hour of His Day’
By Dick Cavett. This story first appeared in the April 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. I was working as a copy boy at Time.
He appeared regularly on nationally broadcast television in the United States for five decades, from the s through the s. Cavett was born in Buffalo County, Nebraska ,  but sources differ as to the specific town, locating his birthplace in either Gibbon ,   where his family lived, or nearby Kearney ,  the location of the nearest hospital. Cavett himself has stated that Gibbon was his birthplace. Cavett, both worked as teachers. His paternal grandparents were Alva A.