Jesters of the Republic #40


Ernie Kovacs

7 comments:

Robert Fiore said...

His later shows were never that highly rated, but Dutch Masters kept him on because he sold cigars like crazy.

DickGreenleaf said...

The Nairobi Trio is timeless!

Booksteve said...

So weird to see Ernie in color. For some reason, I always think of him as having actually existed only in black and white.

ratigan said...

@ Booksteve: I couldn't agree more...

This man is an unrecognized genius. Thank you for posting this.

estiv said...

That's such a serious-looking photo that I keep searching for the gag. It somehow reminds me of the pic of Spike Jones in Stokowski's chair.

Tommy O'C said...

Yes, the Nairobi Trio! In at least one of their outings, Kovacs' best friend, Jack Lemmon, was one of the trio. Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, the Electric Company, Craig Ferguson, and so many others owe a debt of gratitude that some (Letterman, for one) have publicly acknowledged. I get the B&W remark but, in movies, I remember Kovacs from "Bell, Book, and Candle," especially, which was in color. Also "North to Alaska," with the Duke (not your typical or best Kovacs fare) and "Strangers When We Meet," with Kirk & Kim, a melodramatic weeper. A comic genius truly ahead of his time who never had the mass apppeal that his many comedic offspring have enjoyed.

swac said...

That reminds me, I have to get that DVD of It Happened in Maine, with Doris Day, Jack Lemmon and Kovacs. Still haven't seen Operation Mad Ball either.