A six DVD collection of the work of the fabulous Ernie Kovacs
comes out on April 19. It is sort of sad that more people don’t know about Ernie Kovacs. His television show wason for 4 years (the show that "took" anyway..there were other short duration shows!) but its impact was extensive. Kovacs tragically died in 1962 in a car accident. He also contributed to numerous other programs including The Tonight Show
. He was offbeat in the extreme and so far ahead of his time it is almost hard to imagine some of the skits got on television. He influenced the likes of Johnny Carson
and Pee Wee Herman
but a lot of it always reminded me of Monty Python
as well, or even SCTV
. I have no proof other than my own sense of humor, however, for this last one!
The six DVDs come via Shout Factory and if you order from them direct there is a seventh disc. This includes thirteen hours of Television content, much of which hasn’t been seen for decades (including guest hosting of The Tonight Show
Kovacs was survived by his wife (and co-star), Edie Adams. Adams appeared in such films as The Apartment
, Lover Come Back
, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
and even Up In Smoke
. Adams passed away at the age of 81 in 2008. Without her Kovacs' work might have vanished.
This is the first comprehensive box set ever on Kovacs and you can get it for $69.97 ($54.99 if you get it direct). I am getting one and if you love comedy, great skit comedy particularly, this is a must have. I would compare him to some of the great comedians of all time.Order from Shout Factory HERE.