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"Johnny" takes stage at Donna Reed Theatre in Denison

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Kristie VerMulm gets interviewed by Johnny Carson impersonator Jim Malmberg at Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa. Kristie VerMulm gets interviewed by Johnny Carson impersonator Jim Malmberg at Donna Reed Theatre in Denison, Iowa.
DENISON, Iowa (KTIV) -

Folks in Denison, Iowa were treated to a "Tonight Show" flashback. They traveled back in time to the days when the legendary Johnny Carson entertained people across the country.

The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts hosted an event called "Heeere's Johnny II!"  It's a reenactment of "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.  It was part of a tribute to Iowa icons.

Carson, born in Corning, Iowa and attended school in Norfolk, Nebraska, went on to host "The Tonight Show" for 30 years until his retirement in 1992.

Jim Malmberg,  a former news anchorman,  looks like and sounds like the legendary Johnny Carson.  He entertained a crowd of more than 330 at the Donna Reed Theatre.  The stage was transformed to look like the late-night set.

KTIV's Kristie VerMulm was his celebrity guest.  She answered some questions about her own TV bloopers and offered up some of the interesting things she's learned in her agriculture background.

During Crawford County Naturalist Kelly Sonnichsen's interview segment, she brought a few critters with her onto the stage.  The audience was humored by "Johnny's" interaction with a hedgehog, an albino snake and a very large tarantula.

Malmberg also did his rendition of "Carnac the Magnificent" which drew several laughs from the audience. Don Luensmann played a good sidekick for the show.

The event was put on by the Donna Reed Foundation. It's the fourth in the "American Icon Series - Focus on Iowa." The next event will focus on Iowa singers and songwriters. It's scheduled for March 23.

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