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Rewind: It's time you got to know Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

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‘The Ernie Kovacs Collection’
If you’re unfamiliar with Ernie Kovacs — as I imagine most amNewYork readers born after 1950 are — then this is your opportunity to get to know the work of a real comedy genius. Kovacs, who died in a car crash in 1962 at the age of 42, starred in a variety of television series and specials, and you can see his influence in shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Laugh-In” and David Letterman. Trying to explain his comedy is a waste of time, so check out the video below to see one of his more famous characters, Percy Dovetonsils. Then go buy “The Ernie Kovacs Collection” so more archival sets like this can come to market. This is classic television. (DVD, $69.97)

 

 

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