We lost another titan this week: the great Ed McMahon, who elevated sucking up to the boss to an art form. Ed was known to enjoy the occasional adult beverage, and once or twice may have shown up for work slightly lit.
At the beginning of this clip, Johnny claims that Ed was not really that much of a lush, but that they played up that side of his personality for comedy purposes. Maybe so. But if ever there was a job that could be done well while drunk, Ed’s was it: sitting on a couch laughing loudly at people’s jokes. With any luck, he’s back at it today, sliding down one seat so Frank Sinatra can sit down with Audrey Hepburn and Jesus.