Bob Cesca Show

Interviews From Earth One: “Josh Mills on Ernie Kovacs”

Written by Bob Cesca

On today's episode of The Bob Cesca Show's Interviews From Earth One: This is a special show for me. Today would’ve been Ernie Kovacs’ 100th birthday. For those of you new to the name, Ernie invented sketch comedy for television in the 1950s and 60s, taking full advantage of TV as a visual format, unlike many shows of his era. He was also the host of the Tonight Show for the better part of a year, and if you like subversive TV sketch comedy, much of the credit goes to Ernie for paving the way for not only David Letterman, but Monty Python, SNL, and so many other legendary shows and performers. To honor Ernie's life and work today, my guest is Josh Mills from -- Josh is not only an Ernie Kovacs historian but he's also the son of Edie Adams, Ernie's second wife. So, please enjoy today’s interview, if for no other reason but to honor a personality who contributed so much to TV entertainment and yet isn’t fully recognized by his own industry. "It's been real!"

Watch some of Ernie's work here.

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