Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer whose uninhibited and visually experimental style continues to influence and inspire television comedy. Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Saturday Night Live, The Uncle Floyd Show, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and television entertainers including David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson have all used elements of the absurdist humor introduced by Kovacs.
Please visit www.erniekovacs.net, a comprehensive resource with links to scores of Kovacs-related material.
It's been real.
Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done.
I was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919 to a Hungarian couple. I've been smoking cigars ever since.
You don't do anything you lose money on unless you like it a lot.
I know what television is not. It is not photographed radio or vaudeville.
I don't know. I just do it.
I have never really understood classical music, so I would like to take this opportunity to explain it to others.
"Nothing in moderation."