Tommy Newsom a jazz saxophonist and arranger who gained national visibility as a key member of
Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" band for three decades, and whom Carson nicknamed "Mr. Excitement"
for his stone-faced demeanor and somber outfits. One night Carson turned to Newsom during his
monologue and asked why he always had his hands clasped together behind his back. Newsom replied
"Vapor lock!", bringing down the house with laughter. Carson quipped, "I'm out here busting my buns
to get a laugh, with one joke after another, and you just say 'vapor lock' and crack us all up!"
Newsom, normally known for wearing bland suits, in contrast to Severinsen's colorful attire, once
appeared in a loud sport coat