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Watching Ernie Kovacs Host One of TV's Strangest Morning Shows

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Since you are the reader of a series of articles about old shows from a TV Museum's archives, I'm going to assume you are [...]

Conan O'Brien and the Legacy of Ernie Kovacs

On January 19, 1957, Ernie Kovacs did something that had never been seen before on a major television network. He performed an entire thirty-minute television special, entitled Eugene, that was completely silent. The special was based around the eponymous Eugene character, played by Kovacs, who bumbled around his own self-created world. Kovacs uses a variety of sight gags and physical comedy, like you would expect from a mime or clown performer, but also uses the techniques of television to immerse the audience in the experience. By doing this Kovacs showcased his willingness to experiment with the medium of television back when it was still in its infancy. Today would have [...]

A Televised Ernie Kovacs Rehearsal from the Archives

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Ernie Kovacs and the Paley Center are like bread and butter, Abbott and Costello or, unfortunately, The Tonight Show and Jay Leno; they're just [...]