A Kovacs Moment #3


Sgt. Ernie smokes underwater.

4 comments:

Fred said...

I love the connection between Kovacs and the cigar. If I remember correctly, he had Dutch Masters sponsoring his show? I also remember a great story about the comics from the 50s and their cigars. George Burns used to smoke El Producto queens because they used a cheap paper wrapper which would stay lit and not go out when he was doing his routine (the cheap cigars were more like cigarettes since they used paper wrappers and accelerants). However, the notoriously cheap Burns used to also smoke the El Productos around his fellow comedians, which was a problem b/c they are a particularly noxious brand of cigar. So one day, Kovacs got sick of dealing with it and gave Burns one of his fine Cuban cigars. Burns said "Thanks", put the Cuban in his pocket and proceeded to light up another stinkie El Producto.

swac said...

Yep, Dutch Masters it was. And he did particularly innovative ads for the cigars as part of the show (kinda like how Jack Benny would work Lucky Strikes references into his show).

You can see some of those ads here.

swac said...

>It looks like Edie Adams was seeing other cigars on the side.

estiv said...

Now swac, you know she was a widow by 1965, and therefore free to enjoy the comforts of other cigars. ;-)