ERNIE KOVACS SHOW, THE {EXCERPT} (TV)

Summary

An excerpt from one in this comedy/variety series featuring Ernie Kovacs. This excerpt contains the sketch titled "You Asked to See It," in which Kovacs stages stunts taken from requests in "letters" from viewers, and a sketch in which Kovacs makes a political announcement. Kovacs opens the first sketch as host, stating that the topics for the evening include sports, oriental skills, and escape artistry. Kovacs reads the letters and narrates the acted out stunts. In the first letter, a Mr. Wilson from Idaho requests to see the famous golfer, Bobby Chipshot, putt a golf ball from his wife Edith Chipshot's mouth. The second letter asks whether chopsticks are an ideal eating utensil. The corresponding sketch stages a pea-eating contest between a woman gourmet, who uses a fork, and an "Oriental and Eurasian Man About Town" in Asian face, who uses chopsticks. The third letter involves a small-town escape artist named Crowdly Aqualungs, who does not manage to escape after Kovacs ties him up with chains and ropes and throws him into the water. The final sketch features Kovacs sitting with his mother-in-law and son, asking registered voters to vote for him in the upcoming election because he needs the job to pay for a doctor for his son and because he is less corrupt than the other candidate. Commercials deleted.

(This series also aired on CBS from December 1952 to April 1953 and on WABD-TV, a DuMont station, from April 1954 to February 1955. The series received the Sylvania Award for Outstanding Comedy Show in 1956, along with three Emmy Award nominations.)

Same content as B:36846 except no "Ring King" sketch.

Details

  • NETWORK: NBC
  • DATE: 1956 Monday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:10:00
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0133
  • GENRE: Comedy/Variety
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1955-1956
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Jack Hein … Producer, Series Producer, Director, Series Director
    • Perry Cross … Producer, Series Producer
    • Barry Shear … Director, Series Director
    • Rex Lardner … Writer, Series Writer
    • Deke Hayward … Writer, Series Writer
    • Ernie Kovacs … Writer, Series Writer
    • Ernie Kovacs … Cast
    • Edie Adams … Cast