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Published on Dec 27, 2009
[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] - In one of his very rare programs shot in color, Ernie performs his "Tilted Table" routine as the character "Eugene" from his 30 minute award winning TV special "The Silent Show". The indicated air date of 1957, and the inclusion of his sidekick Henry Lascoe, would mark the origin of this sketch way before it's better known black and white performance from his ABC Television Network special.
[Updated January 25, 2011] - In 1957, Ernie Kovacs received the Sylvania Award for his work on the NBC special. As a result of the publicity for this show, Kovacs received a movie offer from Columbia Studios (which resulted in his role in the film Operation Mad Ball), and appeared on the cover of the April 15, 1957 issue of LIFE magazine. In 1962, Kovacs and his co-director, Joe Behar, received the Directors Guild of America Award for the second black and white videotaped version of this program shown over the ABC Television Network.