BEST OF ERNIE KOVACS, THE (TV)

Summary

One in this ten-part series of programs which presents a compilation of celebrated Ernie Kovacs comedy sketches from his 1950-1962 television career. Highlights include: a chess match which involves four championship players against the Russian champion, who is blindfolded and makes the first move; a radio announcer gives the play by play of an exclusive presentation of a new style of bikini; the German disc jockey, Wolfgang Von Sauerbraten, plays music and advertises products, even though it is hard to understand a word he says; Mr. Question Man answers questions from a man trapped in a burning warehouse, a person in Africa celebrating Thanksgiving, a South African tribe member, and a poker player in the middle of a high stakes game; a gentleman packs his suitcase for a tropical vacation; the bumbling magician, Matzoh Hepplewhite, performs a trick with a member of the audience and then proceeds to cut a women in half; Kovacs demonstrates what the set and characters would look like in color for the viewers who don't have color television sets; "The Nairobi Trio" trys to perform the simple task of stacking building blocks; and Kovacs closes the show while sitting on a tree branch and cutting it away from the rest of the tree.

("The Best of Ernie Kovacs" aired from April 12, 1977 to mid-June, 1977.)

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS
  • DATE: 1977 Tuesday 9:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:28:30
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T85:0591
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV, 1977
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CREDITS

    • John Lollos … Producer, For Video Tape Network, Inc.
    • Dave Erdman … Producer, Director, For WTTW/Chicago
    • Jack Lemmon … Host
    • Ernie Kovacs … Cast