On a recent episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” actor and comedian Kevin Nealon made his debut appearance. Nealon, who is a regular performer at the Improvisation in Hollywood, showcased his comedic talent to the audience. In his introductory segment, Nealon shared a hilarious story about his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Nealon recalled a time when a baby bird fell out of a tree, and he took it upon himself to nurse it back to health. However, things took an unexpected turn when Nealon started experiencing sore nipples. Puzzled by the situation, he contacted a veterinarian who advised him to feed the bird with an eyedropper. Despite Nealon’s efforts, the bird still showed no interest in eating, resulting in a comical mishap of food piling up on its eye.

The audience erupted with laughter as Nealon continued to entertain them with his witty anecdotes. He delved into the topic of making choices in life, comparing his love for eating all kinds of food, including cookies, cake, and ice cream, to his childhood disappointment of never finding a prize in a box of Cracker Jacks. Nealon’s mother, in an attempt to compensate, convinced him that a pork cube and a can of baked beans were the coveted Cracker Jacks prize.

Nealon’s comedic style incorporated audience participation, further engaging the viewers. He playfully presented them with a series of humorous choices, ranging from the trivial to the absurd. From deciding between chicken or fish to more outlandish scenarios like being buried up to the neck in dirt or shot out of a submarine torpedo tube, Nealon skillfully navigated through the audience’s responses, providing comedic relief throughout.

As the segment came to a close, Nealon’s talent and ability to connect with the audience were evident. The audience’s laughter and applause served as a testament to his comedic skills. Nealon, who has also appeared in various commercials, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and shared his excitement about performing at the Improvisation in Santa Monica.

It is clear that Nealon’s ability to captivate and entertain his audience sets him apart as a talented comedian. As he continues to hone his craft and make appearances on prominent talk shows like “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” Nealon promises to bring laughter and joy to comedy lovers everywhere.

Originally aired on August 16, 1984