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Things We Like: The Ernie Kovacs Show and Klingon Hardcore Rap

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Scarecrow Video’s Pick of the Week: “The Ernie Kovacs Show” (1952-1956)

Ernie Kovacs was a true original who never really achieved the fame and respect he deserved. In the midst of a mediocre Hollywood career that consisted of small supporting roles in movies like “Bell, Book and Candle” and “North To Alaska,” Kovacs died in a car crash on the way home from a party. It is unfortunate he decided to try to make it in the picture business, because his earlier work on the then relatively-new medium of television is where he really shines. His groundbreaking show consisted of sketches that include short, otherworldly gags and longer parodies. He also liked to set odd visual interludes (such as an empty office coming to life) to unique music by Esquivel and others.

Whether it’s a visit with The Nairobi Trio (see the clip below) or his hilarious, dialogue-free half-hour short Eugene, I can’t think of anybody as wild, imaginative, ingenious and just plain flat-out funny as Kovacs. There is no denying that he paved the way for “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “Saturday Night Live.” The DVD collection “The Best of Ernie Kovacs,” now available at Scarecrow, features some of his greatest bits. – Spenser Hoyt

Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Klenginem = Klingon + Eminem: Music to Kill Kirk By” by David Wahl

From November 3, 2009: “When I first heard there was a German dressing as a Klingon and rapping Eminem songs in Klingon, my first thought was, to quote Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there” … Klenginem is no poseur. He is a full-on gangsta Klingon. It took diligence, but after I proved my toughness and honor (and promised not to reveal his actual name), he agreed to speak with me.” Read the rest here!

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  1. Don’t forget Mr. Kovacs’ equally-underappreciated wife, Edie Adams, who outside of a turn in, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (did I forget a, “Mad?”), really never had much of a career outside the TV show!

  2. Edie had a film and television career, but mostly supporting roles. She also did Broadway and had a great nightclub act. I went to see her speak in 1995 about Ernie’s influence on music videos and she was beautiful and charming. It was easy to see why Kovacs fell for her.

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