The comedy of Ernie Kovacs, a pioneering talent of TV comedy in the early days of television, will be featured in a 6-DVD set from Shout Factory to hit the streets April 19, the company announced Monday.
“The Ernie Kovacs Collection”, produced in association with Ediad Productions, Inc., the company founded by Kovacs and wife Edie Adams, will feature the offbeat humor that later inflenced comedy from Johnny Carson and Monty Python to David Letterman, Pee Wee Herman and “Saturday Night Live.” It’s said to be the first-ever comprehensive collection of Kovacs’ work.
The set will include material beginning with his Philadelphia morning shows in the early 1950s to his national evening shows on ABC and NBC. On view will be such characters as Percy Dovetonsils, Miklos Molnar, Matzoh Hepplewhite, Mr. Question Man and Uncle Gruesome.
Also included will be the rare color version of Kovacs’ famous “Silent Show” (aka “Eugene”), the wordless sketch featuring a hapless character wandering through a world of surreal visual gags. Bonus features will include vintage Dutch Masters cigar commercials by Kovacs and his 1987 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall Of Fame Induction. The set will also include a commemorative booklet of rare photos, program notes and a tribute by novelist Jonathan Lethem. The suggested list price is $69.97.
Those pre-ordering the set at ShoutFactoryStore.com will receive a bonus DVD over two hours of rarities that includes episodes of the Kovacs-hosted “The Tonight Show.” These have not been seen since their original broadcast. Hopefully at least some of this will be available in the set, as it should be.
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