Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Ernie Kovacs As "Eugene" (In Color) In The Tilted Table Sketch, 1957

The "Tilted Table Sketch" is from Ernie's classic "The Silent Show", which originally aired on NBC on January 19, 1957. The newly Dean Martin-less Jerry Lewis was signed by the network to do a 90 minute special that night, but he would only agree to give NBC a one hour show. Asked to fill the remaining 30 minutes and save the day: Ernie Kovacs.

Ernie would remake The Silent Show in glorious black and white for his 1961 ABC series.

We thank rolko52 tons for posting this historic piece of video from one of the rare available kinescope copies. Rolko - are you a professional film/broadcasting archivist, close friend of the late, great Edie Adams or both? We'd love to hear from you!

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