This collection primarily contains scripts, rundowns, and notes from the career of Ernie Kovacs, circa 1951-1961. The collection
also contains small amounts of other production material including treatments, prop lists, guest lists, cue sheets, lyric
sheets, and other related items.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919, Ernie Kovacs began his career working in radio, then later went on to become one of television's
early pioneers in the 1950's. Known for his spontaneity, Kovacs is considered to be one of the first innovators of television
sketch comedy, and his use of visual illusions, special effects, and sight gags were unlike anything seen before on television.
In May of 1962, Kovacs won an Emmy for his series of half-hour television specials for ABC. The award was given posthumously,
as Kovacs was killed in an automobile crash on January 13 of that year.
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