Our Inductees: Ernie Kovacs

Biography

Ernie Kovacs was the 17th Inductee into the Official National Comedy Hall of Fame®. Ernest Edward “Ernie” Kovacs was an American comedian, actor, and writer.

Kovacs’s visually experimental and often spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death. Many individuals and shows, such as Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,

Saturday Night Live, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Jim Henson, Max Headroom, Chevy Chase, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Dave Garroway, Uncle Floyd, and many others have credited Kovacs as an influence.

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