It’s Been Real: The Life and Legacy of Ernie Kovacs
It’s Been Real:
The Life and Legacy of Ernie Kovacs
Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street New York, NY 10019
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
6:30 pm ET
General Public: $25
|[amazon_enhanced asin=”B004IB04NU” price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” align=”Right”/]||The Paley Center for Media will hold an event celebrating and honoring television pioneer Ernie Kovacs. Panelists include:
Keith Olbermann, Moderator
Robert Smigel, Creator, TV Funhouse and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
Joel Hodgson, Creator, Mystery Science Theater 3000
George Schlatter, Executive Producer, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Jolene Brand Schlatter, Performer in Kovacs Specials
Ben Model, Curator, The Ernie Kovacs Collection DVD Set
Cerebral and surreal, Ernie Kovacs was one of television’s most daring and subversive originals. From 1950 until his untimely death in 1962, the outrageous comedian used the small screen as his personal comic canvas, challenging the medium’s conventions and assumptions.
Moderator Keith Olbermann, himself a master of pop culture references, will lead a discussion about Kovacs’s offbeat sensibility and how it paved the way for future experimentation by Monty Python, David Letterman, and MTV.
George Schlatter and his wife Jolene Brand will put their friend’s life in perspective, while two of the most innovative creators of contemporary television,
Robert Smigel and Joel Hodgson, will examine why Kovacs remains relevant today.
Historian Ben Model will reveal how he curated the definitive box set of Kovacs’s work, which will be released by Shout! Factory on April 19.
The evening also will feature exemplary highlights of Ernie’s art, testifying to his personal motto, “Nothing in Moderation.”
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