So sad. Ed McMahon passed away this morning at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center at the age of 86. Our generation will always remember him for passing out ginormo Publisher’s Clearing House checks and for hosting “Star Search.” But to older folks, he’ll be remembered as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the “Tonight Show,” thanks to his famous “Heeeeeeere”s Johnny” introduction. McMahon kept folks laughing for 30 years along with Johnny, and the hilarious chemistry they shared is now part of television history. Here’s a look back at some of McMahon’s funniest moments. Have a good chuckle, just like he’d want you to.
Always in it for the laugh, McMahon frequently found himself the butt of Johnny’s jokes.
Long before “American Idol,” McMahon hosted our fave Saturday night show, “Star Search.” A jokester at heart, McMahon always started the show on a funny note.
More recently, Ed McGangsta rapped about his financial problems and parodied his Publisher’s Clearing House stint in this FreeCreditReport.com commercial:
While sad, McMahon’s death isn’t entirely unexpected. He was battling cancer and in February was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. His publicist, Howard Bragman told CNN that McMahon passed away peacefully. With Ed and Johnny now reunited, things just got whole lot funnier on the other side.