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:
- The Absurdist Genius of Ernie Kovacs (thedailybeast.com)
- A DVD Set Celebrates the TV Genius of Ernie Kovacs (abcnews.go.com)
- The Funny Man’s Comedian (online.wsj.com)
- The intelligence of dogs. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Two Dogs Eating a Meal With a Knife and Fork (laughingsquid.com)
- The Smartest Dog in the World, A Darkly Funny Animation by Grickle (laughingsquid.com)
This from Salon:
- NBC Fires Guy Who Posted The Bryant Gumbel/Katie Couric ‘What Is Internet’ Video (techdirt.com)
- NBC Ruins The Fun, Fires Employee Over “What’s The Internet” Video (crunchgear.com)
- Katie Couric And Bryant Gumbel Discover The Internet (techdirt.com)
- “It Sounded Stupid When I Said It” – The Today Show Encounters the Internet ala 1994 (scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org)
And, please, check out Humanitarikim. You’ll enjoy it.
- YouTube Changes Homepage To Be Simpler & More Personal (searchenginewatch.com)
- YouTube answer: Do you have to know someone to send them a friend invite on youtube (wiki.answers.com)
I don’t know why it is, but, standing in the shower this morning, I was overtaken by the score from “Carousel” and started singing Billy Bigelow‘s Soliloquy out loud, persisting until it’s completion as I was getting dressed. Byron, our younger dog, lay on the bedroom floor staring at me.
I hadn’t been thinking about Carousel… I don’t recall thinking about it and I hadn’t dreamed about it. I have been thinking about Candide, however… since I am reviewing the Shepherd University production next week for WSHC radio. I’ll be going to a dress rehearsal in order to get the review on the air timed with the Friday opening on the 4th.
I have been playing a couple of versions of Candide from my iTunes collections… primarily the Harold Prince version from 1974 and the British Royal National Theatre version from 1999 (and somewhere I have the Original Cast album , sometimes known as the Lillian Hellman version, whose story and Richard Wilbur lyrics and Barbara Cook soprano vocals, many prefer over the revisions… but I don’t know where it is right now. On a CD download somewhere (although I have a 33 1/3 rpm record somewhere as well.) That is where the thoughts of Carousel may have come up.
Each of the two musicals have significant overtures which often stand by themselves in legitimate Orchestra performances. Richard Rogers’ Carousel Waltz and Bernstein’s Candide Overture (available on YouTube with Bernstein conducting it shortly before his death) are both splendid, long (4 minutes or so) pieces which are quickly recognized even by people who have not seen either shows. That’s a thought which may have brought Carousel into my mind this morning.
- Barbara Cook: Her world is a beautiful place (thestar.com)
- Theater Review: In the City of Second Chances (nytimes.com)
- My favourite musical? (bookmouse.wordpress.com)
- How Glenn Beck And Fox News Successfully Painted AZ Shooter As Hitler, Marx Devotee | TPMDC (angryindian.blogspot.com)
- Bill Maher: Jared Loughner’s Chalkboard Likely Looks Like Glenn Beck’s Chalkboard (mediaite.com)
- Is Jared Loughner a Right-Wing Extremist? (alternet.org)
- After Giffords shooting, left and right fingers both point wrong way (secularnewsdaily.com)
- MJ Rosenberg: Top Jewish Historian on Glenn Beck’s Jewish Problem (huffingtonpost.com)
I got a kick out of this (a new way to view an old fiction):
- A Digital Story of the Nativity For the Holidays (ducknetweb.blogspot.com)
- “The Digital Story of the Nativity” by Excentric (otterman.wordpress.com)
- Filler Christmas Video Week: The Digital Story of the Nativity (bwmedia.wordpress.com)
- The Digital Story of Christmas (socyberty.com)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who will seek the Energy and Commerce Committee chairmanship maintains that we do not have to worry about climate change because God promised in the Bible not to destroy the world again after Noah’s flood.
The video I posted got pulled by YouTube as ‘spam’, which it isn’t, so I presume Google was successfully trolled; but I found another one; unfortunately it has added expletive subtitles for which I apologize.
About half the newly elected Congressmen are climate deniers (and if past experience is any guide, about a third of them are criminals).
You know how climate change deniers are always saying that in past geological ages carbon dioxide reached 1000 parts per million or more in the atmosphere, with no dramatic effect on the world’s temperatures? Yeah, just an increase of 2.5 to 5 degrees.
I know we’ll be much more secure knowing that God will protect us from Global Warming (I wonder if God was trying to protect the Dinosaurs… just like I wonder how Jonah survived being dissolved by stomach acid in the Whale’s digestive tract.) How did America vote these idiots into power?
I am so happy that we have Juan Cole to keep our focus on what’s happening here… he is a major star in the blogosphere.
- Do you feel safer now? (scienceblogs.com)
- Aghast [Thoughts from Kansas] (scienceblogs.com)
- Shimkus Formally Announced Bid For House Commerce (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
- GOP climate deniers vie to run House Energy Committee (grist.org)
- Committee Races, By the Numbers (blogs.wsj.com)
- Now the fun starts… Republican House Members who will try to kill Climate Change legislation… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Bye-Bye Senator McCain! (politics.ie)
- How Meghan McCain And The Media Teamed Up to Sell Her New Book (queerty.com)
An appropriate quote on You Tube where I found this revealing video of interviews on the Mall:
“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
– Sinclair Lewis
These are 2 years old, but I just found them on YouTube. Very neat (partial) version of one of my favorite Sondheim Musicals.
… called a “Mourning” rally for the now over 30 killed by government soldiers in the ongoing protests over the Iranian elections.
And these rallies are getting bigger every day, despite the Iranian government’s attempts to block International press coverage and even Twitter.
There will be more leaks, I’m sure… I’m going to check in with Nico Pitney’s updates at HuffPo as the day goes on.
Another way to stay on top of what’s going on in Iran is through Citizentube which is lining up the YouTube videos coming out of that country (and note that the government has managed to block about 90% of those videos already)… the last video reports available since the broadcast networks were cut off.
Between Twitter and YouTube we are seeing a tremendous influence of the Internet on this ongoing protest activity… not something governments have had to consider in the past.