Inside Pulse » David Letterman A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » David Letterman CBS Announces Stephen Colbert as the Next Host of The Late Show Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:09:17 +0000      The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. 

     Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015. 

     Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

     “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

     “Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. ”He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

     “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”  

     Adding, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”   

     Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

     In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) and AMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).  

     In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

     After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

     Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

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DVD Review: The Ernie Kovacs Collection (Volume 2) Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:00:12 +0000 Rejoice because there’s more Ernie Kovacs on DVD. For those that don’t know of Ernie, he’s the patron saint of TV comedy. Sure people will give this honor to Lucille Ball, Steve Allen or Milton Berle, but none completely pushed the medium of TV to suit their comic visions. They were stage performers being televised. Ernie’s hilarity projected through the cathode ray tube. He toyed with the technology and the relationship with viewers whether he was hosting a network morning show, a gameshow or comedy specials. Ernie made his mark on TV from the mid-’50s to his untimely death in 1962 when he was a mere 42 years old. The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2 focuses on Ernie’s time as the most demented morning show host and the perfect teasing game show host.

The Ernie Kovacs Show aired on NBC from Dec. 12, 1955 to July 27, 1956 at 10:30 in the morning. Shortly after the Today Show ended, Ernie had his way with the housewives of America. The eight episodes featured here are a wonderful insanity as Ernie sits on what looks like the set of The Addams Family for a monologue about what’s in that morning’s paper. He’s like Regis without being Regis. The episodes aren’t complete since they had to slice out a few musical segments because of music rights. What a shame. Ernie creates a TV playground on the set. He has quite a few characters he shared with his audience including the poetry loving Percy Dovetonsil. He put on puppet shows and created crazy cab rides.

If you ever want to draw a line between Ernie Kovacs and David Letterman, this show is it. Bill Wendell was the announcer for both men. Watching thes The big difference between the two is that Ernie didn’t have to book real interviews. He got to make fun of the phonies and fame lovers that clutter up the talkshow circuit. Plus Ernie could smoke his cigars on camera while Letterman hid them off camera. Both loved a certain level of mayhem on the screen. Ernie proved you could do weirdness at any hour of the clock and find an audience.

Three episodes of Ernie’s Take A Good Look make a case that Ernie ought to be in the Gameshow Host Hall of Fame next to Gene Rayburn, Bob Barker and Groucho Marx. The show is like What’s My Line except the celebrities are supposed to get hints about the mystery guest through confusing video clues. The clues resemble Ernie’s blackout sketches from his ABC specials (featured on the first boxset). Ernie enjoys teasing his star pals Cesar Romero, Tony Randall, Ben Alexander and Hans Conreid almost as much as his wife Edie Adams. The mystery guests include Clarence Nash (voice of Donald Duck), Mack Sennett, Carl Reiner and Sen. Daniel Inoyue. This is a brilliant panel show that deserves a good look.

While The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2 doesn’t cover as many of the shows as the previous boxset, it does allow you to soak in the genius of Ernie. Here he was working in what could be the most mind numbing of gigs with mid-morning talk shows and game shows. Yet he doesn’t just tone it down and produce acceptable schtick. He’s not Regis Philben or Jeff Probst. Ernie Kovacs was a force of nature in a medium that prefers calm and safe.

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers do not look like episodes of today’s TV. Most were taken off old videotapes so there’s a glitch here and there. The good part is the comedy shines through. Odds are this is how it looked when grandpa watched the show using rabbit ears to get the network signal. The audio is Dolby Digital mono. This was live TV for the most part so the microphone did its best to stick with the action.

Interview: Algernon Gerard, Archaeologist (4:04) gives us the reason why the famous man has avoided interviews over the years.

Howard, The World’s Strongest Ant: A Hot Date (3:26) is a small chat with a bug.

Strangely Believe It: Writers to Blame (1:32) puts his staff in the line of fire.

The Kapusta Kid in Outer Space Meets Olivia Scilloscope (7:04) is a science fiction puppet theater.

Charlie Clod in Brazil (11:56) spoofs the low budget jungle movies.

Ernie’s Opening Monologue
(2:45) has the host get passionate about how rotten things are in TV. He climbs up on his desk and tosses off his suit jacket to deliver his message that he’s not overpaid, but everyone else is. It’s pure mayhem.

Miklos Molnar’s Glue (6:30) is the Hungarian Billy Mays.

Percy Dovetonsils: Ode to Electricity (7:47) is a poetry moment about a shocking subject.

Interview: The World At Your Door Step (6:41) brings out a beauty queen with 200 titles. She’s a former Miss Potash.

Irving Wong: Tin Pan Alley Songwriter (4:55) has Ernie present a Chinese songwriter that spoofs bad Chinese impersonators in movies.

Percy Dovetonsils: “Ode to a Housefly” (5:53) presents poetry to a bug.

Introducing Coloratura Mimi Cosnowski (4:37) has Edie Adams as a klutzy opera star.

Howard, The World’s Strongest Ant: Howard’s Campground (3:21) is a miniscule sketch.

Skodney Silsky, Hollywood Reporter (5:09) gives all the news from Tinseltown.

Ernie’s Opening Monologue (6:03) has Ernie losing his voice and reading out of the newspaper.

Surprise Audience Member (5:53) is from when Ernie chatted with the studio audience. He has prolonged chat with an art collector which has a great twist at the end.

Audio Lost (3:01) is a series of sketches where the microphone fakes cutting out.

Matzoh Hepplewhite (7:13) is a magician. It’s classic bad tricks on TV. Ernie predicted the arrival of Criss Angel.

The Lively Arts (20:23) is a CBC interview with Ernie from Oct. 31, 1961. Ernie speaks about his legendary ABC specials while they were in production. He is full of praise for his video editors and special effects wizards.

Unaired Pilot for Medicine Man
(25:33) is a sitcom starring Ernie and Buster Keaton (The General). Ernie’s sells snake oil with Buster as his faithful Indian companion. As a sitcom from 1961, it’s rather good in a conventional way. Ernie has to plot how to get real cash from the Confederate bills forced on him by outlaws. Buster does a few physical comedy moves. The print is fantastic shape with a crisp transfer.

American Cinematheque Panel
(39:49) has numerous comedians discussing Ernie’s lasting effect on TV comedy. Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap) somewhat moderates the chat between Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Merrill Markoe, Ben Model, George Schlatter and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad and The Larry Sanders Show). Actress Jolene Brand talks about her time with Ernie. This was done in connection with the release of Volume 1.

Home Movies: Golf with Ernie & Edie (5:45) guest stars Jackie Gleason on the golf course. This was shot in color.

Trailers for Wake Me When It’s Over and Five Golden Hours
are rather rough, but I want to see the features. Wake Me has Ernie yucking it up with Don Knotts. Five Golden Hours lets Ernie seduce wealthy widows in order to rob them blind.

The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2 explores how Ernie revolutionized mid-morning talk shows and romped in the world of game shows. The bonus features include plenty of sketches from the morning show. Ernie’s work in the early days of TV should be seen not merely as pioneering, but revolutionary. If you liked the first boxset, Volume 2 is essential. If you haven’t seen the original boxset, get both volumes. We’re still catching up to what he did on TV over 50 years ago.

Shout! Factory presents The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2. Starring: Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams and Bill Wendell. Boxset Contents: 11 episodes on 3 DVDs. Released: October 23, 2012. Available at×120.jpg

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Batman’s Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale Tease Dark Knight Rises Movie Details Including Joker & More Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:00:43 +0000 The Entertainment Weekly #1216 July 20, 2012 edition, on stands now, includes interviews with Dark Knight Rises Director Christopher Nolan and Batman / Bruce Wayne actor Christian Bale.

There is a lot of speculation on the internet that due to this being the last of the Nolan/Bale trilogy, that Batman dies at the movie’s end. There is also word that during a recent appearance by Anne Hathaway, Dark Knight’s Catwoman, on David Letterman’s TV show, that the actual ending to the film was spoiled. So, for those that expect me to comment on that, don’t because I haven’t watched the footage nor do I plan to. It might be a joke, it might be real, it might be a swerve, or it might be something else. On the off-chance it does spoil the film directly, I will steer clear.

However, whether Batman dies or not, Nolan’s Entertainment Weekly comments certainly tease a different fate if you follow the bouncing ball. He also comments on when the movie takes place in the overall trilogy narrative.

According to the Nolan interview piece on EW, the story starts as follows:

    “[Dark Knight] Rises takes place eight years after The Dark Knight left off and finds Bruce Wayne living as a recluse in a Gotham City where peace and prosperity flourish anew – all thanks to a lie. At the end of the previous film, Batman had taken the rap for crimes committed by ‘white knight’ Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) so Gothamites would be inspired by Dent’s example of hope and heroism. (In truth, Dent was driven mad and bad by the Joker played by the late Heath Ledger, who won an Oscar for the role.) Now new threats force Bruce back into the Batgame…”

Those new threats include cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) and the Occupy Movement’s “99%” ;) terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy).

When asked about what guided his work to unify all three movies when there wasn’t a real “master plan”, Nolan note that:

    “It all comes back to Batman Begins, and the scene between Bruce and [his mentor / butler] Alfred on the plane, when Bruce explains what he’s going to do. It’s not about beating up criminals one by one. It’s about being a symbol. Bruce sees himself as a catalyst for change, and only ever thinks of this as short-term thing. I talked about this idea with Christian during the making of all the movies; it was the only way we knew to understand the reality of Batman”

So, while not definitive in any way, that does imply that there may be more of a choice for Bruce at the end of Dark Knight Rises than a funeral, but we’ll have to wait until the movie hits screens to know for sure.

Lastly on the subject of the Joker and Heath Ledger as it relates to Dark Knight Rises, Nolan was equally candid about his take on the subject:

    ”I felt very strongly that the Joker was off-limits. I don’t want to trivialize a tragedy like that [actor Heath Ledger’s death] by explaining it away in some fashion. I made the choice, immediately, that talking about the Joker [in the film] was off the table. It’s just the way I feel about it, based on my relationship with Heath. Other people may have handled it differently. But that’s what felt right to me.”

I think that is a very classy thing for Nolan to do. I think having the Joker pop up, even in shadow, or what-have-you would be a bit morbid in light of the actor’s death and the fact this is the last Batman project for the Nolan/Bale version of the character franchise.

In the same issue, Christian Bale is interviewed and provides an interesting take on how to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman:

    “[I] was playing with the idea that there being three Bruce Waynes. The public, vacuous billionaire. The private Bruce Wayne who is still a child. And then the vengeful one is the monster [as Batman].


Can’t wait for the movie.

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Disc News: Get A Life gets into your life Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:00:42 +0000 Chris Elliott was a legend in the ’80s with his odd character that popped up all over David Letterman’s studio on Late Night. He was able to take his weirdness to Fox in 1990 with Get A Life. He played a 30 year old guy living above his parent’s garage with a desire to retire as a paperboy. Little did we know twenty years ago that this film would predict a generation of kids who can’t get a real job and move back with their folks. Chris’s real dad Bob Elliot (from Bob and Ray fame) plays his TV dad. The show quickly gained a cult following even though it only lasted a season and a half on the air. Now all 35 episodes are finally coming out on DVD with Get A Life: The Complete Series on September 18. Save up your paper route money. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

Los Angeles, CA – Get A Life, starring Chris Elliott as America’s most lovable psycho, will finally be made available in its entirety on DVD when Shout! Factory releases Get A Life: The Complete Series on September 18! All 35 episodes of the show are included in the 5-Disc set along with an essay written by Tom Shales and bonus features with the cast and crew, including interviews, audio commentary, a Paley Center panel from 2000, deleted scenes and alternate versions of select episodes without the laugh track.

Get A Life: The Complete Series
is based on the surreal, twisted, gratuitously violent, hilarious misadventures of Chris Peterson — a 30-year-old paper boy with an ever decreasing grasp on reality. Starring Chris Elliott (Eagleheart), Executive Produced by David Mirkin (The Simpsons) and created by Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick and David Mirkin, Get A Life has earned a rabid and disturbing cult following. Costarring Bob Elliott, Robin Riker, Elinor Donahue, Sam Robards and Brian Doyle-Murray, the show aired on Fox from 1990 – 1992.

Get A Life blazed new trails in television with its absurd plotlines and offbeat humor, following Chris Peterson as he lives above his parents garage (with Chris Elliott’s own father playing Chris Peterson’s father), and engages in activities like enrolling in the Handsome Boy Modeling School, getting stuck upside down for hours on the Hell Loop 2000, joining a street gang, befriending a foul, spewing alien, becoming a male escort, fighting the homicidal killing machine that is the unnecessarily huge 17-ton paperboy 2000, using time travel to keep his friend gus from peeing on his police captain, and violently dying in many episodes.

Get A Life was a brilliantly designed anti-sitcom, its ingenious and disturbing comedy influencing many of those that would follow. As Tom Shales writes in the essay accompanying Get A Life: The Complete Series, “…Get A Life wears the ‘cult classic’ badge with honor, with pride and, shall we say — as the hero of the show might say in his predictably pretentious way — with a certain air of absolute uncertainty.” Get A Life, Shales concludes, was “a laugh-your-bleep-bleep ass off show — one impeded by as few commercial compromises and patronizing precedents as possible…. Get A Life influenced far, far more comedy than it was influenced by.”

Bonus Features:
-A Conversation With Executive Producer/Co-Creator David Mirkin And Writer/Producers Jace Richdale And Steve Pepoon
-Paleyfest 2000! Featuring David Mirkin, Elinor Donahue, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Riker, Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Pepoon And Jace Richdale
-Audio Commentaries
-Deleted Scenes
-Alternate Audio Version Without Laugh Track On Select Episodes
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Eddie Murphy On What Not To Expect At Next Year’s Oscars Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:30:22 +0000 With a new movie to open (Tower Heist) and September announcement that he would be hosting the 84th Academy Awards broadcast, funnyman Eddie Murphy visited Late Night With David Letterman to promote the November comedy and exchange barbs with Letterman about what it’s like to host the Oscars.

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Ernie Kovacs Gets Major Retrospective Boxset in April Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:00:53 +0000 Ernie Kovacs pushed the weirdness that could be achieved in the early days of television. His insane visions inspired generations of video based comedians. He dared to bring the freaky visions to America’s living rooms with shows and specials. The Ernie Kovacs Collection is packed full of specials, shows and oddities that will please longtime fans and impress fresh eyes. The collection is slated to be released on April 19. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

Celebrating the Unsung Hero of Television Comedy…At Last

The Ernie Kovacs Collection

Featuring more than 13 hours of Kovacs’
original classic television content, unforgettable
characters and a treasure trove of genuine rarities
all collected in a lavishly packaged 6-dvd box set!



LOS ANGELES, CA (JANUARY 10, 2011) – With a gift for inventive comedy that was alternately cerebral, goofy and just plain absurd, Ernie Kovacs ( transformed television’s early era into his own personal playground – and invited viewers to enjoy every sight gag and loony character.

Produced and distributed by Shout! Factory in association with Ediad Productions, Inc., the long-awaited The Ernie Kovacs Collection 6-DVD box set is set to debut in stores across North America on April 19, 2011. This DVD box set is now available to preorder at,, and other online retailers.

Kovacs, whose offbeat humor graced the airwaves for just a decade in the 1950s and 60s, served healthy portions of the offbeat to his audiences, who had never seen anything quite like this cigar-wielding charmer. Wickedly funny but not offensive, Kovacs’ unique humor and flair for improvisation would ripple across generations, influencing TV funnymen from Johnny Carson and Monty Python to David Letterman, Pee Wee Herman and Saturday Night Live.

Distribution of this special collection is designed to introduce audiences to Kovacs’ genius. Kovacs, who died in a 1962 car accident, left behind a stunning body of work that survives thanks to the indefatigable efforts of his wife and co-star, the late Edie Adams.

Passionate fans and collectors take note: those who pre-order The Ernie Kovacs Collection from will receive an exclusive bonus DVD as a gift with purchase. The disc features over two hours of rare gems, including episodes of the Kovacs-hosted “Tonight” show, which have not been seen since their original broadcast over 50 years ago!

With many of the programs newly transferred from original 16mm kinescopes and curated by noted film/television historian Ben Model, The Ernie Kovacs Collection DVD box set is the first-ever comprehensive collection of Kovacs’ work-encompassing the full breadth of existing material, from his local Philadelphia morning shows in the early 1950′s and national evening shows to the ABC prime time specials in the early 1960′s that cemented his legend. Along with such iconic pieces at The Nairobi Trio and such signature characters as poet Percy Dovetonsils, Miklos Molnar, Matzoh Hepplewhite, Mr. Question Man, and Uncle Gruesome, fans will finally get to enjoy Kovacs’ genuine gift for improvisation, charm and warmth as host of his many variety shows.

The DVD set also includes the rare color version of Kovacs’ famous “Silent Show” (aka “Eugene”), an unprecedented wordless classic featuring a hapless character wandering through a typically Kovacsian world of surreal visual gags.

In addition to a wealth of bonus features, The Ernie Kovacs Collection includes a commemorative booklet filled with rare photos, informative program notes and a special tribute by award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Chronic City). Priced to own at $69.97 SRP, The Ernie Kovacs Collection from Shout! Factory offers fans what they have long waited for: the rest of the iceberg.


  • Episodes From His Local and National Morning Shows
  • Episodes From His NBC Prime-Time Show
  • Take A Good Look
  • Five ABC TV Specials
  • The Color Version of His Legendary Silent Show, “Eugene”
  • Classic Sketches
  • 44-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Photos, Program Notes and essays by Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) and TV critic David Kronke.

DVD Bonus Features:

  • 1987 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall Of Fame Induction
  • Remembering Ernie with George Schlatter (Laugh-In) and Jolene Brand (performer – ABC Specials)
  • His Award-Winning Commercials for Dutch Masters Cigars
  • “Baseball Film”
  • Making Of “Baseball Film”
  • “The Mysterious Knockwurst”
  • Performer Andy McKay’s 8mm Home Movies
  • “Superclod” Test
  • Take A Good Look Clues
  • Take A Good Look Sales Film
  • Silents Please host segments
  • Our Man In Havana Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Dutch Masters Cigars commercials
  • Ernie’s Trailer for Operation Mad Ball
  • It Happened To Ernie featuring Jack Lemmon & Ernie Kovas
  • Muriel Cigars commercials featuring Edie Adams

About Ediad Productions, Inc.
Formed by the late entertainer & Muriel Cigar girl Edie Adams and currently run by her son Joshua Mills, Ediad Productions is home to what is likely the largest independent archive of early American television in existence. With more than 150 half-hours of content from legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs as well as two seasons of Edie Adams’ prime time variety show from the mid-1960′s, Ediad Productions is a treasure trove of classic popular entertainment. Titles in the archive include, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Ernie in Kovacsland, Take A Good Look (clues), the Kovacs specials for ABC, The Edie Adams Show, Here’s Edie! And much more. Ediad Productions is the go-to archive for television, digital & mobile entertainment content and is based in Los Angeles, California.

o It’s Time For Ernie; March 7, 1951
o It’s Time For Ernie; June 1951
o Ernie In Kovacsland; July 6, 1951
o Ernie In Kovacsland; August 23, 1951
o Kovacs On The Corner; Date Unknown
o Kovacs Unlimited; May 28, 1952
o Bonus Material:
+ 1987 ATAS Hall Of Fame Induction
+ Remembering Ernie with George Schlatter And Jolene Brand
+ “Baseball Film”
+ Making Of “Baseball Film”
+ “The Mysterious Knockwurst”
+ Andy McKay 8mm Home Movies

o The Ernie Kovacs Show; December 19, 1955
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; February 20, 1956
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; March 15, 1956
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; April 12, 1956
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; June 12, 1956
o Bonus Material:
+ Percy Dovetonsils: “Ode To Stanley’s Pussycat”
+ Martin Krutch, Public Eye
+ Rock Mississippi in “Fingers Under Weskit”
+ Howard, The World’s Strongest Ant
+ J. Burlington Gearshift

o The Ernie Kovacs Show; July 2, 1956
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; July 30, 1956
o The Ernie Kovacs Show; September 3, 1956
o Bonus Material:
+ “Superclod” Test

o Saturday Color Carnival: “The Ernie Kovacs Show”; airdate: January 19, 1957 (NBC)
o Kovacs On Music; airdate: May 22, 1959 (NBC)
o Take A Good Look; airdate: July 21, 1960 (ABC); with panelists Cesar Romero, Edie Adams and Jack Carson
o Bonus Material:
+ Take A Good Look Clues
+ Take A Good Look Sales Film
+ Silents Please
+ Our Man In Havana Behind-The-Scenes Footage

o Kovacs Special #4; September 21, 1961
o Kovacs Special #5; October 28, 1961
o Kovacs Special #6; November 24, 1961
o Kovacs Special #7; December 12, 1961
o Kovacs Special #8; January 23, 1962
o Bonus Material:
+ Dutch Masters commercials

o The NBC Morning Show
+ Percy Dovetonsils Reads “Roughing It”
+ Ferrante & Teicher Perform “Oh Susannah”
+ Mr. Question Man
+ Rock Mississippi: “Fingers Under Weskit”
+ Drawing With John Magee
+ Leena Queen Of The Jungle
+ Leroy L. Leroy
+ A Series Of Magazine Ads
+ Tales From Uncle Gruesome
+ Crossed Skillets
+ Leonard And Lola
+ Percy Dovetonsils almost Reads An Ode
o The NBC Evening Show
+ The Late Late Late Late Hungarian Movie
+ Mr. Science
+ Nairobi Trio
+ Howdy Deedy
+ Let’s Take A Visit
+ TV Backstage
+ Trapizza
+ Vas You Dere?
o Bonus Material:
+ Trailer for Operation Mad Ball
+ It Happened To Ernie
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David Letterman Apologizes to Rachael Ray Thu, 07 Oct 2010 11:22:22 +0000 I’m annoyed anytime someone says something that needs to be said and then apologizes for it later on. E! Online reports that “David Letterman is sorry Rachael Ray left his Late Show with a bad taste in her mouth.

“On Tuesday night, the talk-show host took a moment to apologize to the culinary star for ranting during Ray’s taped appearance about the glut of TV food programming while millions starve.

“‘A billion people are starving, 50 million people are starving in this country. They go to bed hungry, but before they doze off, let’s watch Cupcake Wars. Does that make any sense?’ he asked.

“He went on to complain about a show where ‘a guy goes around and he tries to eat himself sick’ while pointing out that ‘in parts of Africa, kids eat dirt just so their stomachs have a full feeling’.”×120.jpg

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Joaquin Phoenix Set to Return to Late Show With David Letterman Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:23:39 +0000 After a supremely memorable (and not really in a good way) appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on February 11, 2009, Entertainment Weekly reports that “Joaquin Phoenix will return to Late Show with David Letterman on Sept. 22. This will mark Phoenix’s first TV appearance and first visit back to Letterman’s couch since his memorable appearance on Feb. 11, 2009. The visit ended up on YouTube and attracted 8 million views.

“In anticipation of his visit, CBS will rebroadcast his Feb. 11, 2009 appearance on Sept. 16.”

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Man Who Extorted David Letterman Released From Jail Early Fri, 03 Sep 2010 06:45:44 +0000 Good behavior can get you somewhere. PEOPLE reports that “After pleading guilty to grand larceny for his attempt to extort $2 million from David Letterman in return for remaining silent about the TV host’s office affairs, Robert ‘Joe’ Halderman was released from prison Thursday, having served only four months of his six-month sentence due to good behavior.

“The Emmy-nominated, former CBS 48 Hours producer was also married right before he began his jail sentence, his rep confirmed.”

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David Letterman's Extortionist Off To Prison! Tue, 04 May 2010 23:11:26 +0000

David Letterman’s extortionist, Robert Halderman has been sentenced to a 6 month prison term for trying to get 2 million dollars from the Late Show host.

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