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Ernie Kovacs Invented Television Comedy…

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

Salon did a very nice article on the late Ernie Kovacs this morning because his widow, Edie Adams, has just released a complete set in DVD form of Kovacs’ kinescopes from the fifties and very early sixties (Kovacs died in an automobile accident in January of 1962… something I remember clearly as a prep school student who kept a copy of his obituary tucked into a copy of Show Business Illustrated with an article on the great man. I still have it.)

From the article:
Some of TV’s most innovative people and programs drew inspiration from Kovacs: Rowan and Martin, the Smothers Brothers, Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, SCTV, the “Saturday Night Live” casts, every host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” and all the talk shows modeled on “Tonight.” Morning shows raided him, too: Kovacs’ 1951 program “Three to Get Ready,” broadcast live on Philadelphia’s WPTV, was the first morning program anywhere, and was supposedly the inspiration for NBC’s “Today.”

Go over and take a look at the whole piece… it is loaded with YouTube videos of Kovacs kinescopes. Meanwhile, here’s one of my favorites (I don’t think it’s in the Salon post) of the Kovacs character, poet Percy Dovetonsils:

Boy, it’s been 50 years and I still miss Ernie Kovacs.

Just for You Steampunk Fans…

… here’s another preview clip from “1884”, the forthcoming film by Tim Ollive and Dennis De Groot that is being produced by Terry Gilliam:

 

1884… here’s a film I’m really looking forward to.

Terry Gilliam

Here’s a piece from Film Industry News by Mike Stringer (which I picked up at Movies I Didn’t Get). Terry Gilliam, filmmaker, animator and former Python, is producing this view of the Future as seen by the past… in Victorian Steampunk style.

clipped from moviesididntget.com
 

Terry Gilliam’s Latest Project Takes Him Back To 1884

Variety has reported that visual effects artist Tim Ollive will direct the new mixed-media adventure movie called 1884, with Terry Gilliam serving as both producer and creative adviser. The project will cost an estimated $8 million.
1884 which has been described as an animated steampunk parody based on George Orwell’s 1984, with former pythons lending their voice talents to the project, whereas Gilliam will be credited only as creative adviser. 

 

Tim Ollive wrote the screenplay with Dennis de Groot. Both men have worked with Gilliam in the past. Tim Ollive is an animator, artist and visual FX man who’s actually worked on every one of Gilliam’s movies since Life Of Brian (1979).
Gilliam has said that, “The quality of the work is amazing. It’s not slick and sleek CGI work such as studios in LA produce. It looks as if it’s been crafted by an artisan and the scale and design are spectacular.”
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And here’s the Promotional Trailer from 1884:

John Cleese on Creativity…

Yes, it is a lecture… but it is entertaining and you will learn from it (especially if you are a writer, designer or any kind of creative person.)

(thanks to the StevenHartSite for putting me onto this.)