Ernie Kovacs Guestbook

Ernie Kovacs Guestbook

Thank you for taking the time to check out the Ernie Kovacs Guestbook. We started this page because we were getting so many emails with fantastic memories of Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams since the launch of his site that we decided to share them with you all. If you have a favorite memory of Ernie, his show, meeting him, meeting Edie or how a friend or parent or relative exposed you to Kovacs – we want to hear it!

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David Greenstein
Ernie Kovaks was a unique fellow whom
I still miss. I still mourn his loss.
February 13, 2017 - Boston MA

Scott Hooker
There was nobody quite like Ernie! I was introduced to the work of this genius when I was in my teens and happened to catch his biography on TV. Needless to say, I have been hooked since. But alas, like so many geniuses, like so many influential, skilled and varied performers, he was gone too soon. I don't think a day goes by that I don't find myself grinning from Percy Dovetonsils, Eugene, The Nairobi Trio or the myriad of other characters he lobbed our way. Just the way he utilized the camera to have the last laugh on us all is a thing of beauty. Truly one of a kind!
November 13, 2016 - Florida

Francesca Miano
I've been fascinated with Ernie Kovacs since the time when the taped ABC shows were originally broadcast. In particular, I can recall when "The Silent Show" pre-empted "The Flintstones." Since I was only 7, some of what I saw may have confused me a bit, but it stuck with me for years afterwards. When years later PBS rebroadcast segments from the ABC shows, it started me on a rediscovery of Ernie's genius. I have tried, since then, to view as much of his comedy (from throughout his career) as possible.
July 4, 2016 - Astoria, NY

Tanya Stewart
My father, Donald Stewart,Jr., was a huge Ernie fan who made me one as well, at a tender age. He had sent some comedy scripts to Ernie in the early 60s, some of which, I heard, Ernie used---such as the sketch where Ernie is sitting on a tree branch sawing it, and the tree falls, leaving Ernie on his branch in midair. My family lived in Chicago at the time, where Dad worked in public affairs broadcasting for WGN radio. Apparently, Ernie was interested in hiring Dad as one of his writers, and arrangements were being made for Dad to fly out to California for an interview sometime in 1962; Ernie's death nullified that. In any case, thanks to both Ernie and my father, I grew up with the joys of the Nairobi Trio, Eugene, and other joyful absurdities, and at 57, Ernie still makes me laugh---and always will.
September 1, 2014 - Berea, Kentucky

Jeff Butler
Ernie's influence is still felt in so many ways (and will be forever). Edie was an incredible talent and was a wonderful yin to his off-beat yang. Big thanks for releasing "Here's Edie"! I've become quite the super-fan of them both and am very glad that so much material has been saved and released, not just for us fans, but for the preservation of their legacies.
July 31, 2014 - Evanston, IL

Karl Mischler
I keep a picture of Ernie over my desk to keep a smile on my face!
July 31, 2014 - Glendale, New York

Ron Smith
A comedy legend. He and Edie will never be forgotten.
July 29, 2014 - Chicago

Steven Kendall
Ernie was a beautiful guy & a national treasure. I'm 59 a fan since I was 10.
July 26, 2014 - Montana

Gary Smith
I became aware of Ernie Kovacs from the series that aired on PBS hosted by Jack Lemmon and became a fan since.
July 24, 2014 - Lorain, Ohio

Darren Brereton
I grew up on Ernie Kovacs reruns on PBS. Wait, that's a lie. I never grew up.
July 25, 2014 - Vancouver, BC

Barri Clark
Uncle Buddy says to walk backwards, blindfolded on the Staten Island Ferry. "Staten Island! Staten Island!"
July 25, 2014

Laurence H Parks 
Growing up outside Philadelphia in the 50s, it was essential that I watch Ernie as often as I could. I loved his visual gags, the Nairobi Trio, and anything offbeat that he did. I'd like to think my sense of humor was nurtured by him, but perhaps I owe some of it to my Dad. I even recall sending Christmas cards to go on their studio tree. Thanks for keeping the Kovacs story alive for younger generations.
July 24, 2014 - South Jersey, then to Kansas City

Wayne Britton
Glad to be in Kovacsland where you don't need a Visa, just a sense of humor.
July 24, 2014 - New York

Roger Scales
got the Shout! Box Set for Xmas. Have not stopped watching. Such classic stuff. Thanks for Facebook page & contest!
July 22, 2014 - Billerica, MA

Jonathan Farr
I grew up on (tapes) of Kovacs, and his rather skewed take on things has definitely helped me not take life too seriously.
July 22, 2014 - Austin, TX

joey
the world sorely needs the surreal light that kovacs would shed
July 22, 2014 - tennessee

Bob Schnell
Been a fan since PBS showed the Best of Ernie Kovacs in the 1970's.
July 22, 2014 - New York

Kevin S.Butler
I love Ernie's film work and I've seen some clips of his tv work on You Tube.I'm just sorry that I never got to meet him and his wife.Mrs.Edie Adams Kovacks.when they were still with us.
July 22, 2014 - Florida USA

Larry Wagner
I actually still watch my "Best Of" tapes from White Star, even though I have the DVD set.
July 22, 2014 - Philadelphia

Dave Moyer
I'll see you just outside the bookends!
July 22, 2014 - Sagamore Hills, OH

Christine Burnard
He was a genius and absolutely was before his time! I wish there was more film footage out there from his show, but alas there is not. He was simply one of a kind!
July 22, 2014 - Colorado

Andrew
Thanks for keeping Ernie's memory alive. I'm only 29 but the Kovacs collection opened my eyes to a man who really is still ahead of his time.
July 22, 2014

David C
Late nights watching Ernie and Edie when my Dad came home from swing shift. I will never forget it.
July 22, 2014 - Lawrenceville-Suwannee, GA

Kevin Evanishyn
I watched the PBS series, back in the '70s. I loved the absurdity, surrealism, and complete originality of Ernie and his cohorts. I have one DVD "Best Of" set but am saving my pennies to buy the new collections.
July 22, 2014 - United States

sean westergaard
i remember seeing Ernie on pbs and wondering how the hell he pulled off some of those special effects in the 50's! however, i'm mostly signing to enter myself in the running for the Golden Age of comedy LP. thanks!
July 22, 2014 - ann arbor, MI

Eugene (really)
I rarely write something like this. But I grew up in LA and remember when Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash. I was ten. I had just seen him and Edie Adams on the cover of TV Guide or something like that and I felt empty. Edie was so pretty and Ernie always funny. In later years, I've seen Ernie in several movies, one of my favorite is, "Bell Book and Candle." His charm was in his wit, his devious look at the camera and of course his natural ability to make me laugh. All these years later I still think about him. He was a funny dude.
March 28, 2014 - East LA

ray navedo
my dad appeared on the Dumount 5 in 1953 or 1954. Mr Kovacs use to dance to my father Monchito at the Tavern on the green
Latin band He invited the band to his show
April 6, 2013

Richard Glueck
Ernie was my earliest recollection of intellectual humor. Kovacs has since been my yard stick for comedy. If it requires a laugh track, it isn't funny. Ernie was the original television genius. He would have loved Python. He would have loved Rocky and Bullwinkle. He never pandered to the lowest consumer. You had to remain aware, or you missed the joke, and knew you were poorer for "not getting it". I have missed him from that day we read of his death into today. There will never be another man like Kovacs; the right mind, in the right place, at the right time. "We all loved him".
March 8, 2013 - Maine

Mark Dillman
My comments to Ben Model, compiler of material seen on "The Ernie Kovacs Collection" Volume 2

Ben:

I finished watching "The Ernie Kovacs Collection Volume 2" today. Thank you for your excellent work on compiling this DVD set. I thought it was a howl, as expected.

I tend to group Ernie's TV shows into two basic groups: the live stuff and the videotaped stuff. On his live shows he dares to just go onstage and throw ideas out there and see if any work, if not keep movin'! On the taped shows he finally had the benefit of refining his material. I think he was the first person in television to grasp the potential of video tape. God knows he made use of it just as soon as it became available around 1958.

I know his celebrity panelists on "Take a Good Look" were frequently exasperated with the video clues, but I love that show. I was nine years old when Ernie died. I think if I was a little older at the time, I probably would have watched TAGL regularly. It is nice to see these TAGL shows here from video tape sources rather than cinescopes. I especially enjoy seeing Hans Conried because I have always admired his work for Jay Ward's programs, as the host of "Fractured Flickers", and the voices of Snidley Whiplash and Professor Waldo Wigglesworth. And also, it is nice to see Caesar Romero, known for his masterful portrayal of the Joker on the Batman series.

I definitely remember seeing his ABC shows when originally broadcast and especially the final one right after he died. It is this series that I always remembered whenever thinking about Ernie over the years.
January 1, 2013 - Topeka, Kansas

Al Quagliata
Lots of love for Ernie and Edie this holiday season!!
December 13, 2012 - Kovacsland

Dave Hochella
I remember my mom and I watching "Eugene". We laughed hard enough till it was painful. Thanks Ernie, your hard work caused us to laugh even harder!
August 15, 2012 - Allentown, PA.

Joel
The 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death reminded me how much Ernie's death affected me.
He had a morning show in NY city when I was a child, full of absolutely astonishing and baffling (to me) material. (I think of "Lips of Fire": a musical tango interlude with large lips going up in real flames.) Later, he did a piece which translated Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra into visual images. How prescient he was, and how overlooked nowadays.
August 3, 2012 - Irvington NY

Liz Bee
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch Ernie Kovacs when he was on TV. My parents never missed his show and I got to watch also. He is a genius in the truest sense. I still laugh at his comedy. It's timeless.
July 30, 2012 - Texas

Al Seaman
I recently sent an E mail telling you I have a couple of teenage pictures of Ernie withb whom my father and uncle grew up with their names were Eugene and Albert Seaman some of Ernies skits have the name eugene and albert
July 25, 2012 - Mercerville NJ

Al Seaman
Ernie grew up with my dad and uncle I have a couple of photos of him my dad my uncle and grandmother who was friends with Andy and Mary his parents. My grandfather owned a bar on cass street in trenton nj The photos are when he was about 13 or 14
July 25, 2012 - Trenton NJ

KORY TREBBIN
I knew with sering Ernie the first time it was LAUGH AT FIRST SIGHT, the Love for him came later.
July 4, 2012 - Campbell soup, California

PATRICIA
If you like good clean comedy then you have to love Ernie Kovacs. The man's talent was so ahead of it's time. Just thinking about Ernie makes me smile!
April 7, 2012 - Florida

Stacey
I had never heard of Ernie Kovacs before today but i have now researched him and come to find he was a very funny man! We were tearing up our kitchen floor and came across many old newspapers and on the front page of one was a very graphic picture of his automobile accident dated jan 13th 1962.
March 6, 2012 - PA

R Ponstingle
Thanks
January 21, 2012 - North Olmste, Ohio - USA

Frank Zukas
The only show of Ernie's that i saw when he was alive was around late 1961 on friday night on ABC. I became a big fan. Just a few weeks later he was killed in the car crash. I remember my father called from work and told me about it, I was only 8 yrs. old at the time. A very big loss, if he had lived he would have made the world a brighter place.
December 28, 2011

Jay Hunt
I first learned of Ernie Kovacs through his articles in MAD in the 1950s. We didn't get many of his TV appearances on Canadian TV so I missed them on the first go around. I was next aware of him though his influence on George Slatter's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In show in the '60s. I finally got to see him on the PBS Best Of Ernie Kovacs series, Now thanks to the efforts of Edie Adams in assembling his work,we have his work being kept alive on DVD, YouTube and web sites like this one. I hope to see lots more volumes of the Ernie Kovacs Collection in the future. I especially like The Nairobi Trio, Miklos Molnar, Auntie Gruesome, Matzoh Hepplewaite and Percy Dovetonsils.

Keep up the good work.
November 18, 2011 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hu Lundberg
Was it 1959? I was a kid in the Iowa countryside wondering what that squiggly line was on the tv.the one with the song that sort of sounded like Bobby Darin's thing on the radio. And those visuals that kept coming and going away.stuff that had me rolling on the floor. But without Ernie & his oscilloscope, "The Threepenny Opera" would probably be unknown to me! And his commercials.do they still make Dutch Masters.with Ernie on the box?
June 28, 2011 - Norwalk, IA

Mark Dillman
I was 8 years old when Ernie died. My Dad liked to watch Ernie and I would watch with him. I distinctly remember seeing the final ABC show shortly after Ernie died. I recall it was shown without commercial interruption. I've always remembered the Nairobi Trio and a very short piece showing house of cards causing a table to collapse. I always watched the PBS series in 1977. The DVD set (seven discs) is great.
June 14, 2011 - Topeka, KS

Neil McNally
Here's hoping for a Volume 2!
June 7, 2011 - Los Angeles

Jim Saylor
First memory of Ernie Kovacs was in North To Alaska back in the 1960's, and on I Love Lucy. Have been a fan ever since.
May 15, 2011 - Prescott Valley, AZ. USA

Fran Miano
Am old enough to remember seeing Take a Good Look and the videotaped Kovacs Special with Eugene, when they were first broadcast, but I've been a Kovacs fanatic since the PBS series in the 1970s. Watching all the DVDs in the new set reminded me what a genius he was (and made think how ahead-of-his-time he probably would still be if fate hadn't, sadly, stepped in).
May 9, 2011 - Astoria, NY

John Hammes
Somewhere up there, in a celestial T.V. control booth, Ernie is deadpanning "Almost fifty years, the definitive video collection,I am amazed this could happen so QUICKLY". This collection is a feast for famished fans! A great new website, a great "new" DVD collection. This is indeed a happy day in Kovacsland. The spirit and comedy of Ernie Kovacs makes a bad day good, and a good day even better! Cheers to everyone for making this happen, and for making it real!
May 4, 2011 - Athens, Georgia

Jim
I am 66 years old and as a kid I can't remember when I wasn't crazy about Ernie Kovacs. I remember seeing him doing the Tonight Show on NBC, and I know I had watched him before that. I would have enjoyed just watching him read the phone book. He was great to watch and I idolized him - apparently more than I knew. When he died I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. It hit me hard. I was depressed for at least a month, and I was a long time getting over it. (Did I ever?) The new Ernie Kovacs Collection is so over due. It's fantastic, and I'll treasure it forever. My only complaint is that I bought the 6 disk collection. I knew nothing about the 7 disk collection (containing a bonus disk) offered by SHOUT! until after I received my set. I have e-mailed SHOUT! directly to see if they will sell the bonus disk separately. We'll see. In the meantime it's great watching this wonderful man again after a half century. He still comes across TV as being a great guy and a good friend. It's been real.
April 28, 2011 - Des Moines, IA

stephen pomes
In the spring of 1977 -- April I think -- I saw an episode of the PBS retrospective of Ernie Kovacs' work. While it may be an exaggeration to say that my worldview was transformed by this experience, it would only be a slight exaggertion. As a teenager, I was a regular viewer of "Saturday Night Live," but I instantly saw the lineage between Kovacs' work and the later work by the SNL cast members and writers. Chevy Chase's article in "TV Guide" that spring confirmed what I suspected.

I received the Kovacs DVD set today, and I expect that I'll have a flood of memories again and perhaps shed a few tears. Kovacs' early death in 1962 robbed the world of his creative genius, and this fact continues to sadden me. Nevertheless, we can thank Edie Adams for her foresight in preserving the kinescopes and videotapes and thereby preserving his legacy of genius.
April 18, 2011 - Kenner, Louisiana

Roberto
I remember like it was yesterday. I was just a kid and had just sat down to eat something and watch TV. I was changing the channels (and manually, btw, it was still the seventies) and stopped on PBS. I remember seeing this couple dancing with slow music. The camera slowly panned under them as I noticed they were dancing on a glass floor. After the four walls fell in that same sketch, I remembered I just stopped eating and couldn't take my eyes off this amazing comedian the announcer was calling, Ernie Kovacs.
A few years ago, I showed my (then) 5yr old boy an EK show. He said, "Dad.who IS this guy!?"
April 16, 2011 - Chicago

Thomas E. Rusnack
A TRUE GENIUS. One of my favorites.
April 16, 2011 - Connellsville, PA 15425

Wayne Slepcevich
introduced to Ernie back home in Chicago thru the WTTW/PBS ABC specials they ran.was fascinated then, and still am today at the genius of the man.always excited to see new footage, and this new DVD set from Shout will be a welcome addition to my Kovacs library!
April 14, 2011 - Pittsburgh, PA

Jeff Niesel
Big fan!
March 16, 2011 - Cleveland, OH

Ron Evry
Ernie is my Hero.

Check out my Facebook group devoted to him. Sorry, can't post the URL here.
March 11, 2011 - Virginia

Jeff Sultanof
Because I was a young boy in the early sixties, I remember seeing and hearing Kovacs. I was too young to have seen his ABC specials, but I remember clearly seeing some of his work a few years after he tragically died. Every once in awhile a clip of his would be shown, and I wondered whether his work had survived the periodic disposal of kinescopes and video tapes by stations and networks. The PBS series was a revelation, and I watched it whenever it was on. I have the previous Kovacs collection on White Star, and some episodes of "Take a Good Look" have also circulated.

As far as I'm concerned, Kovacs was one of those visionaries who grabbed on to the medium of television with hands and feet, and with a "what-the-hell, nobody else knows more than I do" attitude (and television was so young nobody did), he shared his off-the-wall view of life on all of us. Like an old vaudeville comic, he was so fast that if a joke died, another one would come up faster. His television work must be considered art, as much of it is as fresh, funny and thought-provoking as when he created it. Much of it is still way ahead of its time, stretching the limits of what the medium could do back then. His music parodies have never been equaled, and he probably exposed more people to Bartok than any performer or conductor.

He is irreplaceable, and it is so good to have this new set coming out so that we can have more of his genius.
March 11, 2011 - Paterson, New Jersy

Barbara Bassett
I've loved Ernie since the first time I saw him - and that was during the PBS tribute in the 70s. I hope he's always celebrated and remembered for his accomplishments and his "to hell with them" attitude. We need more Ernie's today!
March 8, 2011 - Sacramento, CA

Danny Willis
At the risk of over-stating the importance of something, the importance
of a properly produced "Ernie Kovacs"
DVD collection cannot be over-stated!


I've always believed that the reason Ernie is primarily revered and remembered by two basic groups (die-hard historians and TV watchers who lived through the period) is the lack of availability of his work. I've been into the history of broadcasting all my life (Ernie died one day before my first birthday), and I NEVER saw any of Ernie's shows until the PBS series of the 1970's, which got me hooked. Since then, his work has been virtually unobtainable except to the already initiated who were persistent enough to track it down in video catalogs, the Museum of Broadcasting, etc.

I am optimistic that this new set along with the interest it will generate will bring about a renewed appreciation for Ernie's artistry among EVERYBODY interested in video art, including the YouTube generation. Hats off to all involved, including the late great Edie Adams , for getting this ball rolling. It's long overdue, but worth the wait.
March 5, 2011 - Not in the world.

Tom Degan
Can you imagine a world without Ernie Kovacs? So help me J. Walter Puppybreath I can't. Who would have ever dreamed that a work of are could be created within the confines of an ugly glass tube? The term "video art" would not even come into being until four years after Ernie died. In this realm the man was a pioneer.

As a kid I wanted to be a film maker. It never occurred to me that anything particularly beautiful could be created via the medium of videotape. Then in the summer of 1977 PBS ran the series "The Best of Ernie Kovacs" and my life was changed forever. Today I am a video artist thanks to Ernie.

And now congress wants to kill PBS.

Tom Degan
February 23, 2011 - Goshen, New York

Rob Foster
Thank you for reviving this site, and providing yet another great destination for those in need of an online Ernie fix!
February 22, 2011 - Monterey

Al Quagliata
EK fans everywhere are happy to have this new site. Thanks for putting it up!
February 22, 2011 - United States

Jordan Fields
I first became aware of Kovacs in the 70's when PBS aired his ABC Specials. I was only 12, but I knew weird when I saw it, and it was certainly unlike anything else I'd ever seen. Now that I know a little more about television history (and now that I've been exposed to 30 more years of tv mediocrity), my appreciation for his ambitions and achievments has only grown. By the way, I recently read his novel "Zoomar," which is an excellent satire of the tv/ad business back then. It's the original "Mad Men."
February 18, 2011 - Los Angeles





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