August 31: Ernie Kovacs Retrospective at Cinecon 55

The groundbreaking work of television comedy pioneer Ernie Kovacs will be featured at the 55th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Clips from Kovacs’ singular career, which helped to inspire generations of comedians that followed, from David Letterman to the Kids in the Hall, will be screened at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood as part of the Kinecon at Cinecon program on August 31st at 12 p.m.

The event is part of a year-long celebration of Kovacs’s centennial (1919-2019) organized by Los Angeles-based publicist Joshua Mills, son of Kovacs’ spouse/muse/foil and archivist, Edie Adams, and executor of both the Kovacs and Adams estates; he’ll be in attendance with some of Kovacs’ most surreal sketches and concepts, culled from his years on regional and network television in the late ’50s.

This year’s Kinecon lineup will also pay tribute to veteran actor and television host Chuck McCann, who died in 2018. For more information on the screening and Cinecon 55’s full lineup of programming, please visit here.

About Paul Gaita

Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and Merry Jane, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for from 1998 to 2014. He has also interviewed countless entertainment figures, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury, and George Newall, who created both "Schoolhouse Rock" and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.
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