Hosted by Johnny Carson, this two-hour retrospective reviews 50 years of classic NBC radio and television comedy performances. It aired Thanksgiving Day in 1982 as a special with Carson presenting comedy excerpts from a variety of comedy genres and explains his take on each. Included are satirical sketches from Saturday Night Live, the irreverent comedy of Bob and Ray; and the topical comedy of humorist Will Rogers. Also included are excerpts from the radio series "The Lucky Strike Program" starring Jack Benny and "Maxwell House Coffee Time" with George Burns. Performances by Victor Borge, Fred Allen, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen, W.C. Fields, Mae West, and Flip Wilson, among many others.