Ernie Kovacs Early TV Comedy

In this book, Andrew Horton offers the first sustained look at Ernie Kovacs’s wide-ranging and lasting contributions to the development of TV comedy.

Ernie Kovacs   Early TV Comedy

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292721943

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Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, but also inspired a host of later comedies and comedians, including Monty Python, David Letterman, much of Saturday Night Live, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Captain Kangaroo, and even Sesame Street. Kovacs created laughter through wildly creative comic jokes, playful characterizations, hilarious insights, and wacky experiments. “Nothing in moderation,” his motto and epitaph, sums up well Kovacs’s wholehearted approach to comedy and life. In this book, Andrew Horton offers the first sustained look at Ernie Kovacs’s wide-ranging and lasting contributions to the development of TV comedy. He discusses in detail Kovacs’s work in New York, which included The Ernie Kovacs Show (CBS prime time 1952–1953), The Ernie Kovacs Show (NBC daytime variety 1956–1957), Tonight (NBC late-night comedy/variety 1956-1957), and a number of quiz shows. Horton also looks at Kovacs’s work in Los Angeles and in feature film comedy. He vividly describes how Kovacs and his comic co-conspirators created offbeat characters and zany situations that subverted expectations and upended the status quo. Most of all, Horton demonstrates that Kovacs grasped the possibility for creating a fresh genre of comedy through the new medium of television and exploited it to the fullest.

How to Watch Television Second Edition

Ernie. Kovacs. Show. Historicizing. Comedy. Ethan Thompson Abstract: Ernie
Kovacs was a one-of-a-kind television comedian who enjoys cult status today,
though he died at the height of his popularity in the early 1960s. In this essay,
Ethan ...

How to Watch Television  Second Edition

Author: Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479890634

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A new edition that brings the ways we watch and think about television up to the present We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it “good” or “bad.” Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television, Second Edition brings together forty original essays—more than half of which are new to this edition—from today’s leading scholars on television culture, who write about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a single television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. From fashioning blackness in Empire to representation in Orange is the New Black and from the role of the reboot in Gilmore Girls to the function of changing political atmospheres in Roseanne, these essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast, streaming, and cable. Addressing shows from TV’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of the medium, How to Watch Television, Second Edition is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds.

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Current Biography Yearbook

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American Film

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Radio Comedy

talented comedians , including Dave Garroway , Jerry Lester , Sam Levenson ,
Jack Carter , Red Buttons , George Gobel , and Ernie Kovacs . Some early
television comedy stars , among them Milton Berle , had trouble in radio . A
vaudeville ...

Radio Comedy

Author: Arthur Frank Wertheim

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press

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Discusses American radio comedy shows and performers of the 1930's and 40's and examines their place in American life and their relationship to the social history of the time.

Time

Ernie Kovacs was the most innovative of TV's early mad scientists, using his
comedy hour to spoof such then new creations as newscasts and ads and
employing visual effects like upside-down pictures and tilted sets to appear to
defy gravity.

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Radio Sound Effects

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Radio Sound Effects

Author: Robert L. Mott

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

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About the impact of sound effects in American radio broadcasts.

Harry and Wally s Favorite TV Shows

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with the battle scars from a lifetime of ... several short - lived TV series throughout
the early 1950s , garnering a modicum of fame and honing his comedy talent .

Harry and Wally s Favorite TV Shows

Author: Harry Castleman

Publisher: Prentice Hall Direct

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Provides summaries and critiques for over 2,100 television shows appearing in prime time over the past fifty years

The Funsters

She had joined Ernie in his many early NBC adventures , and Kovacs soon fell in
love with the blonde actress . ... as a half - hour replacement for Jerry Lewis , he
headed NBC - TV's " Saturday Color Carnival — The Ernie Kovacs Show .

The Funsters

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Chapters on each of 62 Hollywood comedians.

Watching TV

Both on - screen and as a producer , Ernie Kovacs was a groundbreaking ,
innovative force in television comedy . ... In early 1961 , Kovacs talked his
sponsor , Dutch Masters , into allowing him to produce , write , and act in a series
of monthly ...

Watching TV

Author: Harry Castleman

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Watching TV remains the only book about television to go beyond mere alphabetical listings and limited reminiscences about the medium's most popular programs. Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season survey capturing the essence of television from its inception to the present. anecdotes and the complicated network strategies that have made television a multi-billion-dollar industry. By presenting every prime-time schedule season by season, from the fall of 1944, Watching TV provides a fascinating reading of how the personalities, popular shows and coverage of key event shave evolved during the past six decades. photographs, Watching TV is a valuable history of American television, now updated to include the most recent programming and industry developments.

Television Magazine

OLD HANDS AND NEW BLOOD The mix that is television comedy is
compounded of many parts , constantly ... Others like George Gobel , Jack Parr ,
Danny Thomas and Ernie Kovacs , became national marquee names through
their TV hits .

Television Magazine

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The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives

Although there had been some “ pure comedy ” on early television ( notably the
work of Ernie Kovacs ) , prime - time formulas had largely calcified by the late
1960s and there was little on the air that deviated from the two dominant genres .

The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives

Author: Kenneth T. Jackson

Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference

ISBN: 9780684804910

Page: 967

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Presents more than 500 brief biographies of significant American figures, summarizing each figure's family history, education, spouses and marriage history, occupation, cause of death, achievements, and legacy.

McGeorge Law Review

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Television Network , a small network owned by a TV pioneer and the original
network home of the genius of early television comedy , Ernie Kovacs . ”
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The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 present

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TELECAST : August 24 , 1951 BROADCAST HISTORY : Jul 1951 - Aug 1951 ,
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The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows  1946 present

Author: Tim Brooks

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ISBN: 9780345356109

Page: 1063

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"This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium - the entire history of prime time programs in one volume. It's a guide you'll turn to again and again for information on every series ever telecast. There are entries for all the great shows, from evergreens like I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and Happy Days, to modern classics like Will & Grace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Friends; all the gripping sci-fi series, from Captain Video and The X-Files to all versions of Star trek; the popular serials, from Peyton Place to Dallas to Dawson's Creek; and the runaway hits on cable, including CNN, The Real World, The Osbournes, and SpongeBob SquarePants. This comprehensive guide lists every program alphabetically and includes a complete broadcast history, cast, and engaging plot summary - along with behind-the-scenes stories about the shows and the stars."--BOOK JACKET.

The Electronic Media

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The Electronic Media

Author: Peter B. Orlik

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

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An introduction to the fields of broadcasting, cable and satellite systems. It provides an operational and technical history of the broadcast industries and discusses the creative, facilitative, directive and regulatory functions of the electronic media industries.

Television Quarterly

From the day of his debut on a local show in Philadelphia , Ernie Kovacs was a
television genius . He was the medium's first surrealist , a master of camera tricks
, a daring innovator and a most endearing man . Who can forget the Nairobi Trio
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