Results for - Ernie Kovacs

2,246 voters participated in this survey

I've surveyed you about a couple other of my favorite comedic personalities, Steve Martin and Stan Freberg; and on the occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday this year, here's one about another gent to whom many comedy aficionados owe a debt of gratitude wheher they know of him or not: Ernie Kovacs.

1. Before this survey. have you heard of Ernie Kovacs?

Yes
42%
927 votes
No
48%
1,045 votes
Perhaps/Unsure/Was confused as to who he is
10%
228 votes

2. As with Chuck Jones' Looney Tunes cartoon shorts and Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strips, much of Kovacs' best comedy for television derives from playing around wth space and perspective. Do you find humor that plays tricks wth the way you see things funny?

Yes
22%
478 votes
Sometimes
39%
849 votes
No
14%
314 votes
Haven't seen enough of that type of humor to have a set opinion on it.
25%
559 votes

3. One skit Kovacs reprised over multiple TV series is "The Nairobi Trio," weherein a three apes mimed a perfomance of songwriter/harpist Robert Maxwell's "Solfeggio," Primates mimicking human activity have amused people long before and after Kovacs' career, but does his approximation of it -included here in its original -tickle your funnybone?

Yes
28%
608 votes
No
30%
667 votes
This one doesn't amuse me, but another version of the skit does.
12%
260 votes
I didn't or couldn't watch the clip.
30%
665 votes

4. Another aspect of Kovacs' humor was his inclusion of his wife/singer/actor Edie Adams, as his partner in making merry. This wasn't necessarily a unique arrangement, but there don't seem to be many married couples performing comedy together as there once were. Which of these other pairs of spouses have you found funny?

Jim and Marian Jordan (radio's Fibber and Molly McGee)
7%
150 votes
George Burns and Gracie Allen
40%
870 votes
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
55%
1,202 votes
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
27%
597 votes
David and Tamela Mann (soul gospel singers who have also acted in Tyler Perry projects)
4%
93 votes
Tom Segura and Christina P (stand-up comics; am unsure whether they ever perfom together)
2%
43 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
14 votes
Not Applicable
33%
734 votes

5. One of Kovacs' innovations was, save for opening monologue and closing credits, a live half-hour TV special wherein the only audio came from music and sound effects. The main sketch from it included here, a black and white edi of an originally color shoot, contains several of the visual tricks he pioneered for the small screen. Does the prospect of visual humor bereft of dialogue, much less monologue, intrigue you (which could include the silent movies and theatrical shorts that preceded TV, too)?

Yes
22%
484 votes
No
22%
479 votes
Unsure/Maybe
40%
874 votes
Don't watch TV, movies and/or any visual, non-verbal media
17%
363 votes
08/09/2019 TV 2246 32 By: jlrake

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