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.
Author: Andrew Horton
Publisher: University of Texas Press
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.
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,
Author: Ethan Thompson
Publisher: NYU Press
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.
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
Author: Arthur Frank Wertheim
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press
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.
Soon Jimmy's closing message , " Goodnight , Mrs. Calabash , wherever you are
, " became one of the most famous closings in all of ... For the early “ Ernie
Kovacs ” television show , about the only thing CBS gave Kovacs was the air time
Author: Robert L. Mott
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
About the impact of sound effects in American radio broadcasts.
ERNIE KOVACS , THE BEST OF / 155 comfortable Manhattan apartment , but
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 .
Author: Harry Castleman
Publisher: Prentice Hall Direct
Provides summaries and critiques for over 2,100 television shows appearing in prime time over the past fifty years
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 .
Author: James Robert Parish
Chapters on each of 62 Hollywood comedians.
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 ...
Author: Harry Castleman
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.
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KOVACSLAND Comedy Variety FIRST TELECAST: July 2, 1951 LAST
TELECAST: August 24, 1951 BROADCAST HISTORY: Jul 1951-Aug 1951, NBC
Mon-Fri 7:00-7:30 ...
Author: Tim Brooks
A comprehensive guide to television programs, since 1946.
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 .
Author: Kenneth T. Jackson
Publisher: Charles Scribners Sons/Reference
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.
ERN WESTMORE SHOW , THE see Hollywood Backstage ERNIE IN
KOVACSLAND Comedy Variety FIRST TELECAST : July 2 , 1951 LAST
TELECAST : August 24 , 1951 BROADCAST HISTORY : Jul 1951 - Aug 1951 ,
NBC Mon - Fri 7 : 00 ...
Author: Tim Brooks
"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 Ernie Kovacs Show ( see Figure 8-5 ) a Chicago field test of its Phonevision -
the stretched the boundaries of the medium ... When he moved his show to CBS
the idea of theater television - big screen in early 1953 , Kovacs pioneered the ...
Author: Peter B. Orlik
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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.