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The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Vol. 2
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8 More Episodes From Kovacs National Morning Show
18 Bonus Sketches Featuring Many Of His Most Beloved Characters
3 Complete Episodes Of His Offbeat Game Show Take A Good Look
A Pony For Chris: His Rare TV Pilot For Medicine Man Costarring Buster Keaton
The Lively Arts Featuring The Only Existing Filmed Solo Interview With Ernie Kovacs
2011 American Cinematheque Panel
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We were told that there was more material "in the vaults" - meaning that it was held by Kovacs widow - Edie Adams - who bought all the original video tapes and kinescopes from the networks when they were ready to erase the tapes and re-use them. The time has come and we now have Volume Two, a somewhat smaller set (just three DVDs this time) but there is still a lot of VERY funny material.
But for those new to Kovacs, let me provide some background:
Long before Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, and David Letterman's late night TV shows, there was Ernie Kovacs. It's almost certain that the creators of these sketch comedy and host-behind-the desk shows watched Kovacs during his all too brief career. (He died in a car crash in 1962, at age 47, barely 12 years since first appeared on local TV in Philadelphia). As irony would have it, Comedy Central host Jon Stewart was born in Trenton, New Jersey - Kovacs birthplace as well - the same year that Kovacs died. And Stewart (real name: Jonathan Stuart Liebowitz) would not be the success he is if Kovacs hadn't paved the way. (I, too, was born in Trenton and remember as a young kid, when Kovacs made the move from radio in Trenton to television in Philly.)
For the last four decades Kovacs was an "underground" celebrity. He was often overlooked in the history of TV and comedy.Read more ›
This set, while enjoyable feels more like a collection of material omitted from the first set so to keep the price down for the consumer. This isn't a complaint, I definitely recommend purchasing this set AFTER getting the first set, but does feel like the case.
I first became aware of these half hour morning shows via Comdey Central reruns back when the channel didn't have the budget to run their own programs. I became an immediate fan of his offbeat humor and even the liberal amount of interaction he has with his studio audience. You'd think decades of television later would dull the viewers senses of a tv show and its host gleefully shattering the fourth wall. These shows are pioneering and still refreshing.
Take a Good Look game shows are for me the weakest part of this set. This show bridges the gap between his variety type of sketch humor and the ABC Specials. Bobby Lauher and Jolene Brand do much of the acting with Ernie in the skits which vaguely offered the hints of the identity of the mystery guests. Some of the mystery guests were fun to see. Mack Sennett, Clarence Nash, Daniel Inouye, and Carl Reiner. The format is something I didn't enjoy as much as the morning shows.
Bonus features are excellent again with this set.Read more ›
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The funniest man of the 50s. His show was groundbreaking. Nairobi Trio forever!Published 14 months ago by Taylor Owens
I used to watch Ernie Kovacs when younger and I loved his programs on TV. The closest you can get to the original.Published 21 months ago by A. Bottone
Thanks again for the release of Volume 2 of the Collection. I have purchased copies of the complete sets to give as gifts to those who appreciate superior, inspired comedy, and the... Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Kevin
Natural dry sense of humor, he couls crack you up reading the phone book out loud! Pure genius inventive comic mind!Published on February 4, 2013 by S. P. Escobar