Monday, October 5, 2009
KOVACS WEARS CAESAR'S CROWN ... WELL, JUST FOR THE SUMMER - RARE CLIP FROM ERNIE KOVACS SHOW - NBC-TV - CIRCA SUMMER OF 1956
Ernie Kovacs was an American, comedic original and a video virtuoso. The multi-talented Edie Adams was both his Mrs.and his muse.
In the summer of 1956 ,as was network practice in the halcyon days of the medium, the kinetic Kovacs headlined an NBC-TV variety show that replaced CAESAR'S HOUR, while Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and company were on a warm weather hiatus.
THE ERNIE KOVACS SHOW leveraged Kovacs unique understanding of television's ability to deliver visceral humor. The 30 minute, B&W show was filled with vibrant sight gags that propelled the program along, with ample portions of low humor at high velocity.
Below is a clip showcasing the comic "blackouts" the opened each episode. Enjoy!!!