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Paley Center Celebrates Ernie Kovacs

11 Mar, 2011 By: John Latchem

The Paley Center for Media in New York will hold a special Ernie Kovacs tribute April 12 in advance of a DVD collection of the legendary comedian’s work.

Shout! Factory April 19 releases The Ernie Kovacs Collection, a six-DVD set ($69.97) that offers more than 13 hours of Kovacs’ television appearances, characters and other rarities.

Kovacs was known for his offbeat humor in the 1950s before his untimely death in a car accident in 1962.

The Paley Center event, dubbed “It’s Been Real: The Life and Legacy of Ernie Kovacs,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT April 12 and features a panel moderated by Keith Olbermann that includes Robert Smigel (“TV Funhouse”), Joel Hodgson (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), George Schlatter (“Laugh-In”), performer Jolene Brand Schlatter and historian Ben Model, who worked on the DVD set.

The DVD includes episodes from Kovacs’ primetime NBC show; material from local and national morning shows, as well as Kovacs’ “Take a Good Look” game show; five ABC TV specials; the color version of his silent show, “Eugene”; classic sketches; a 44-page booklet featuring rare photos, program notes and essays; and a trove of bonus material, such as “Baseball Film,” “The Mysterious Knockwurst,” commercials and more.

Fans who preorder the DVD at ShoutFactoryStore.com will receive an exclusive bonus DVD as a gift.

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