Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Goodnight Mr. Budweiser: the commericals of Ed McMahon

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Ed McMahon's death was sort of overshadowed by all the rest of the news in the world yesterday. But let's not forget the man who introduced, sat next to and laughed with Johnny Carson for three decades. McMahon also starred in his share of commercials, most famously for Publishers Clearing House and Cash4Gold. But back in the late '60s and early '70s, Ed McMahon was Mr. Budweiser, his everyman persona and friendly demeanor extolling the virtues of "America's greatest beer."

Always ready to be the sidekick, he played second-banana to Frank Sinatra in this one:
 


And here's McMahon at a county fair:



Carson

would often tease McMahon about being a lush. Later in life, he

admitted to being drunk several times on The Tonight Show but Carson

said there was only one time he could tell. It led

to this memorable clip from one of their anniversary shows together:

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