Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs (January 23, 1919January 13, 1962) was an American comedian whose uninhibited, often ad-libbed, and visually experimental comic style came to influence numerous television comedy programs for years after his tragic, early death in an automobile accident.


  • Television is a medium, so called because it is neither rare nor well-done.
    • Quoted in Wired 4.07, p. 102 [July 1996]
  • Nothing in Moderation.
    • Epitaph, Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery, Los Angeles, California


  • It's been real.
  • Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
  • We do these shows for the love of it. The money means nothing. The money is nothing, consequently it means nothing.

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