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Lighten up...Ernie Kovacs trivia for a change of pace....

by Tony Holmes / July 12, 2013 7:54 AM PDT

I grew up in the 50's watching Ernie's show,he was a pioneering comic genius that nobody has come close to yet IMHO.

The hardest I ever laughed was the first time I saw "The Nairobi Trio",to this day I still choke when I watch it. Just the thought of the poor gorilla in the middle doing a "slow burn" when he gets hit in the head with the xylophone hammers still makes me crazy...lol.


I remember asking the old man,"dad what the heck is Solfeggio and what do those words mean"?? Beats me son,sounds like Spanish??

I'm slightly better prepared if one of the G/kids ever asks me..lol.

"Solfeggio" is nothing more than a singing technique used to teach pitch.

The lyrics to the song are gibberish and mean nothing,if you listen to the clip,they're actually singing the notes to the musical scale: do,re,mi fa,sol,la ti,in various combination and nothing more!

FWIW,Ernie was always the conductor in the middle,his wife,Edie usually played piano(there were other actresses who subbed for her).

Nobody knows for sure,but the monkey with the hammers(depending on who was around)could have been either:Jack Lemmon,Tony Curtis,or Frank Sinatra!!

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Thank you Tony, for mentioning my favourite Television Comic
by Ziks511 / July 13, 2013 9:38 PM PDT

presenter. Easily the funniest sequence of shows in history. I confess that as a kid I didn't enjoy Milton Berle, and didn't get Sid Caesar (and my parents wouldn't let me watch it) but Ernie Kovacs had us all in stitches.

Solfeggio, is just Italian for giving note values names, as in Do re mi fa so la ti do. Sol was how they wrote So, and fe refers to fa. the "ggio" is the Italian suffix meaning "method" or "fashion".

Kovacs appeared in a relatively straight role in Our Man in Havana opposite Alec Guinness as the timid spy recruited by MI 5, who invents an entire secret weapon system based on the vacuum cleaners he sells in his shop.

Kovacs also appears in Operation Mad Ball, with Jack Lemmon, a neglected masterpiece of screwball post-war humour referring to the Red Ball Express which supplied the Allies during the advance through Europe.

Ernie Kovacs, too soon dead, too late appreciated.



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Although two completely different comic types,
by Steven Haninger / July 13, 2013 10:18 PM PDT

I can't think of Ernie Kovaks without thinking of Red Skelton at the same time. My parents would roar at Kovaks' humor but, at my younger age, most went over my head until later. Skelton's humor was both verbal and visual offering an immediate laugh followed by a chuckle. I remember an expression about laughing so hard it brought one to tears. Today's comedy brings only the tears.

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Buttered popcorn
by Willy / July 14, 2013 3:59 PM PDT

I got some DVD's the other day and boy did it make me flash back. I still laughed at some of the jokes and all and it's all clean or some sublimable suggestions. The outtakes of boos-boos is just too much, like the horse, whizzing and a stagehand holding a bucket on an old Red Skeleton skit. The stuff really was good and while I'll laugh at newer comics, its too much adult humor. Then the old TV shows like Lucy and Sgt. Bilko, Lassie and Andy Griffon are OK by me. The library has the "classics" and its worth it to me to show them again. Then again, what I thought was great sci-fi stuff is so corny now-a-days but i loved it back then. -----Willy Happy

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Actually, I think the visual effects
by Steven Haninger / July 14, 2013 7:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Buttered popcorn

in some of those old movies show genius and creativity with the crudest of tools. They were real but not that realistic. Too many of today's visual effects are just the opposite...realistic but not believably real. I remember Walt Disney discussing something called "the plausible impossible" in his cartoon animations but it seems that's where today's action movies have headed.

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Kovacs and his wife.....
by Josh K / July 14, 2013 11:50 PM PDT

......also appeared in the final "Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour," which was the continuation of "I Love Lucy," but not nearly as good, mainly because their real life marriage was crumbling. In fact, by that last episode they weren't speaking to each other at all.

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