Thursday, May 30, 2024

Johnny Carson Lawyer Henry Bushkin Prevails in Court vs. Pal, Carson Musical is a Go


Henry Bushkin had a good day in Los Angeles court today. He prevailed in a lawsuit brought by his pal Bruce Singer, brother in law of Sharon Stone. Singer said he thought he was owed money from the sale of Bushkin’s book about Johnny Carson. Bushkin famously had been Carson’s lawyer in his early days, and was repeatedly a butt of his jokes on TV.

But Bushkin had the last laugh. The book called “Johnny Carson,” was a hit. It was filled with great stories about Johnny’s wives, lives, Joan Rivers, etc.

Singer claimed in court that he and Bushkin were partners. But today a judge ruled they were not. Singer is out of luck. Bushkin told me he’s sorry about the whole thing. “Bruce and I were great friends,” he said.

Now Bushkin returns to New York , where he will launch a workshop of the musical “Carson” based on his book, in September. Casting should begin shortly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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