"Every idea I ever had is based on the fact that it's 2:30 and there's a production meeting at 3:00."
July 15, 2008 8:32 PM Subscribe
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In the introduction to his close friend's "Best of" DVD, Jack Lemmon says
, "Ernie Kovacs
was the funniest, wildest, zaniest
man I ever knew. Ernie thought so, too, and so did millions of happy people. Ernie was all over television
on one network
from 1950 until he died in 1962. He had an unpredictable
view of the world. He played with the medium of television
in a way
no one ever had before.
And he created a batch of cockeyed characters
that have become classics
. So, slow down your internal clock; it was a more leisurely time, you know. Here's Ernie Kovacs."
• Kovacsland Online
are great fansites.
• So's The Ernie Kovacs Blog
, which features scans of Ernie's contributions to MAD Magazine.
• Here's another good web article.
• A loving tribute page on OnlineNJ.
(He was raised in Trenton.)
Ernie would most likely have loved the advent of YouTube, so here are more clips from one of TIME magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time"
• The famous Nairobi Trio
• Milkos Molnar hosts The Howdee Deedee Show
• Wolfgang Von Sauerbraten, DJ
• News report from the Aesop Broadcasting Company
• He did a series of groundbreaking commercials for Dutch Masters Cigars - 1
• Jolene's Weather Report
(Hot and steamy, in case you were wondering.)
• Here's our man singing a song with a few other stars on Dinah Shore's show
• Ernie's epic fails as a What's My Line panelist: [Julie London; all panelists stumped] [Danny Thomas; Bennet Cerf FTW!]
• Closing Credits
• Youtuber terminusj likes to mash-up Kovacs' longer wordless or pantomime montages with whatever he can find, with awesome results
. Here are a few examples:
- Go Down Gambling (Blood Sweat & Tears)
- I Believe in You (Talk Talk)
- Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads)
Bonus: more of Percy Dovetonsils' poetry!
Frank Sinatra served as pallbearer Ernie Kovacs' funeral, the same day he recorded this Irving Berlin song, "When I Lost You".