Classic tv from the always experimental Ernie Kovack, who was so ahead of his time, commedians are nonetheless stealing his stuff today. It was later reported that Jack Lemmon is in the monkey suit with the drum mallets.
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I remember this as a kid. Very funny stuff.
indeed!! he was ahead of his time. his comedic concepts are even studied in university classes in theatre and television today. many comedians were influenced by him. he loved to experiment even while the show was being done on live t.v. you cant do that today. everything is commercially orented and technically prioritized. its all to complicated and no room for creativity to flourish unless its restricted to the empty rehearsal hall. what ashame. its all about big money, no brains or heart.
@bigblondman1 Ernie was a GENIUS! I bet he’s freakin’ out the kids today!
@95mikemac it was a very different time. simple and more innocent. he never intended for that to be racist. you and perhaps those who dont understand his parodic style think that. he just wanted it to be funny, and it was then. now people are too judgemental and hyper sensitive. he wasnt the problem. self-righteous politically correct people today are the problem. people need to remember how it was to just laugh instead of picking everything apart. just enjoy it for how it was, funny.
This is so great i watch this over and over and it never gets tiring. The old shows were so good they live today.
Very cute. Kids will love it.
Thanks for this video.
@misterdirtyknees Very cool!
Although I was only about six years old when Ernie Kovacs died, he grew up right down the street from me and went to my school.
@pauljmsn Ernie Kovacs clones……Do you realize you may have just created the basis for THE GREATEST book ever?
What kind of lunatic mind comes up with weird stuff like this? And why aren’t there more lunatic minds like that in this benighted world?
Durned shame Ernie Kovacs couldn’t have been cloned.
@RRaquello Correct. Bobby Lauher is the gorilla with the mallets. Bobby was from here in Houston — local talent on TV and live shows who went to work for Kovacs. I had dinner tonight with a good friend who knew Bobby very well. Bobby died in his pool in LA of an apparent heart attack.
Hooray for Youtube bringing back the classics!
It’s hard to tell..if that is Jack Lemmon under that ape’s mask,derby hat and that long coat..bopping poor Ernie on his derbied skull with those drum mallets.
I saw this on the Comedy network when it first started, then Iiheard that people like Frank Sinatra and other hollywood celebs at that time started driving Ernie crazy to do this skit. it was in lots of his shows. it’s still great today.
Just got the Ernie Kovacs boxed set. One of the extra features was an interview with Jolene Brand. This particular version of the Nairobi Trio stars Ernie Kovacs, of course, in the middle. Jolene Brand is playing the piano and the gorilla on the left is Bobby Lauher. Jolene Brand & Bobby Lauher were two of the regular players on the ABC Kovacs specials done in 1961 & 62.
@rolko52 I stand corrected (and, yes, I did some research after your message). Apparently, in later performances, Jack Lemmon (a long time friend of Kovacs and one of his pall bearers at his funeral) took the place as the third member of the trio.
@mrtimetime123 Two separate songs. You Tube search “Kovacs Corner”.
@MrUnidyne In this rendition, the ape with the mallets was Kovacs’ on screen side-kick Bobby Lauher.
Mallets: Jack Lemmon
Conductor: Ernie Kovacs
Pianist: Edie Adams
Wow! I haven’t thought about this bit for years. They were talking about Ernie on WGN Chicago radio today. What a great star he was!
Ernie Kovacs was one of the great original artists of the century.
Why oh why are these wonderful days of classic tv gone?
@mrtimetime123 Yes it is.