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Dona  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 14)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 11:58 AM


Happy to be old enough to remember him and Edie Adams. Good topic. Fine puzzle.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 12:33 PM

Enjoyed it! Thanks!


Daveguth  (Level: 266.7 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 12:54 PM

Great puzzle, Al! Very enjoyable to remember remarkable genius Ernie. I was 8 when he died, so I'm not sure if I ever saw him "live" or not, but I sure have enjoyed the (unfortunately) rare re-runs and specials about him.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 2:15 PM

Fun puzzle. I'd like to see the Nairobi Trio again.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 2:28 PM

Thanks to those who have played so far, and for the complimentary posts.
I'll be listing all ten phrases/ clues later tonight.


Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 4:32 PM

Interesting and enjoyable puzzle.
Thanks Al.

Lowiq  (Level: 216.3 - Posts: 1953)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 5:08 PM

WHAT! There were ten of these fun things to do? I better send in a support ticket...I only had five!

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 5:22 PM

Wonderful puzzle, lovely remembering the comic!

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 6:14 PM

Al, thanks for bringing the memories to life once again. I was just too young to appreciate all his zany humor in the 50s. Too bad his career was cut short. Just reading his bio you grasp how brilliant and totally outlandish he was. One of a kind.

Excellent puzzle.

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 7:09 PM

Interesting to do the pre-research on this one. Didn't know who he was although I knew the name. Would love to see some clips!

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 8:55 PM

It appears most everyone scored well and learned some great trivia about Ernie Kovacs. His life was cut short but his comedic genius did foster a legacy. He was a trail blazer and didn't follow the rules.
Unfortunately, most of his TV shows from the mid 1950's on the Dumont Network [some of us remember ] was either taped over or discarded. Still, what survives makes for great memories for those old enough to have seen some of his work.
Personally, The Nairobi Trio [playing to Solfeggio by Robert Maxwell ] and lisping poet Percy Dovetonsils were my favorite routines. Read more about Ernie in this link.

Here are all ten clues/phrases.

born to hungarian immigrant parents in trenton new jersey ("January 23, 1919")
at age forty two he was tragically killed in an automobile accident ("January 13, 1962")
poet percy dovetonsils and german disc jockey wolfgang von sauerbraten ("Two outlandish character")
he portrayed him in the tv movie ernie kovacs between the laughter ("Jeff Goldblum - 1984")
television a medium so called because it is neither rare nor well done ("Quote about boob tube")
smoked twenty per day even smoking one while doing a cigarette commercial ("Fondness for cigars")
musical skits with three gorillas wearing derby hats and long overcoats ("The Nairobi Trio")
influenced shows such as rowan and martins laugh in and saturday night live ("His comedic genius")
he guest hosted twice a week for steve allen on the tonight show ("Heeeere’s Ernie!")
contributed a regular column for mad magazine called strangely believe it ("Robert Ripley parody")

Here is a clip of the Nairobi Trio:

And here is Percy Dovetonsils [once the crew put a live goldfish in his drink]

thanks everyone!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 8:59 PM

Thanks for a great puzzle Al (and also for those clips)

Virtus  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 2489)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 9:45 PM

Al, ditto what Gary said

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 10:35 PM

Thanks for the Nairobi trio clip. That tune was the Hampsterdance of its day! To understand the humor tho, you really need to have seen musical automatons (such at the House on the Rock) which always seem to be slightly behind the music.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 10:50 PM

I'm sorry I missed your puzzle. It was a good one.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 1:07 AM

Thank you so much Al. The clips are sensational and though I'd heard the name I never knew what a brilliant comedian he was.
I will be trawling the net for more!
Great puzzle too.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 7:59 AM

Thanks for the clips. I'm certainly old enough, but was not permitted to watch TV. Only very selected shows, like Omnibus and You Are There (and Howdy Doody - for which my mother apologized for years). My husband remembered Kovacs well, however, and was able to coach me through the puzzle.

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