Fans of the iconic late-night talk show, “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson,” were delighted by a side-splitting skit featured in the episode aired on March 17, 1987.

The segment starred Tim Conway, a beloved regular guest on the show, who showcased his comedic brilliance in the unforgettable Dunk Dorf skit. In this uproarious performance, Conway portrayed a dwarf attempting to play basketball, leaving audiences in stitches with his impeccable comedic timing and unparalleled wit.

Before the skit, Carson and his co-host, Ed McMahon, engaged in a lively discussion about basketball and its traditional association with taller individuals. However, they acknowledged exceptions like Spud Webb and the character of Dunk Dorf, which Conway would portray in the upcoming skit. Conway’s performance as Dunk Dorf was nothing short of remarkable, as he humorously explained his unique basketball techniques, including using a small box to simulate jumping to the rim.

Following the skit, Conway’s comedic prowess was further highlighted during his interview with Carson. He shared insights into how he immerses himself in character, recounting amusing anecdotes such as digging holes on a golf course for the Dorf on Golf skit. The conversation also touched upon their mutual friend and colleague, Harvey Korman, with Conway reminiscing about the numerous occasions he could elicit hysterical laughter from Korman.

During the interview, Conway regaled Carson and the audience with a side-splitting tale of his and Korman’s budget flight experience from Los Angeles to New York on an Econoline flight, which cost them a mere $3. The flight was so budget-friendly that all they received were basic amenities like a boarding pass and a chair to sit in.

In another comedic moment, Conway shared a witty observation about airline safety instructions. He humorously pointed out the irony of flight attendants instructing passengers to breathe normally while wearing an oxygen mask in the event of a cabin pressure drop.

Conway then quipped to Carson, “Can you imagine the plane going down and you have your oxygen masks on? Well, we’re dropping 10,000 feet a second.” Carson, chuckling, responded, “Now you have to breathe normally.” Conway, seizing the opportunity for more humor, added, “Now we’re about to hit a mountain soon!” The audience, including Carson, erupted in laughter at Conway’s quick wit.

The conversation between the two legends delved into Conway’s family background, touching on his father’s Irish heritage and his mother’s Romanian roots. He also shared anecdotes about growing up as an only child. Conway’s innate ability to find humor in everyday situations and his masterful storytelling skills were evident throughout the interview, endearing him even more to the audience.