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Ernie Kovacs

You were born in 1919 in Trenton, New Jersey, Television would be your medium for comedy. Your first appearance to the public was in 1950. This was an early morning show broadcast by NBC Preceding “The Today Show”, it was called “Three to Get Ready”. Over the next several years, you would be seen on TV on many different shows on both NBC and ABC. From Philadelphia and New York with your wife Edie, you entertained countless numbers with brilliant comedy. musical trio of gorillas from Nairobi, along with many of your different characters would be appearing on your shows that boosted your popularity. Poet Percy Dovetonsils was someone we would often see. With his thick glasses, he would read us some funny poetry. Many television viewers saw you with a cigar. With your wife Edie Adams, your career certainly went far. As well as television, you made several movies. A car accident was the cause of your fatal injuries. This happened just before your birthday in 1962. Since January the thirteenth of that year, we have missed you.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 4/29/2011 8:23:00 PM
Kovacs was a true innovator and dare I say some kind of a genius in fifties television. His sight gags were astounding and still resonate today. He did a half hour show with no dialogue and I remember him falling through the floor with a Hudson Nash automobile. He, along with Henry Morgan, Steve Allen and Alfred Hitchcock used to tweak and mock the sponsors. You would not see that today. There were things done then that you could not do today. And that is NOT an improvement.
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Date: 3/13/2011 8:02:00 PM
I remember Ernie Kovaks and I saw him sometimes but I didn't see his program. Perhaps it wasn't aired at the right time for me when I was working. My husband died suddenly in 1962 at a young age so I remember the year. Nice job you did here. Thanks fro commenting on my work. Love, Joyce
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