Before the Tonight Show was hosted by Conan O"Brien, and before Jay Leno, Johnny Carson had a 30 year run as The Tonight Show Host. Many of us stayed up late to catch his nightly monologue, if not the whole show. He was hilarious; he poked fun at politicians before it was fashionable, he performed zany skits, and parodied other television shows.
During this same era, Dragnet and Badge 714, both police detective series starring Jack Webb were big hits, so naturally, Johnny invited Jack Webb to be a guest on the Tonight Show. Dragnet, and later Badge 714, always opened with a view of Los Angeles, with Jack Webb narrating the intro with the words, "This is the city. . .my name's Friday, Joe Friday; I'm a cop." Friday's famous line when interviewing witnesses to a crime was always, "Give me the facts--just the facts."
The Tonight Show was broadcast in front of a live audience, so it was often a challenge for guests to keep from collapsing into laughter during the comedy sketches, and when appearing in a parody of Dragnet with Johnny, Jack Webb was no exception. I loved The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, so when someone sent me this video of the Dragnet sketch, I just had to put it on my blog for you to enjoy!