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Ernie Kovacs as Percy Dovetonsils, Poet Laureate, reciting "Leslie the Mean Animal Trainer"

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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2009

[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] - Here is one of Ernie's most famous, and bizarre, characters. Percy Dovetonsils was a take off on a particular genre of television show found in the early fifties (at least in the New York City area). Usually airing during the early to mid afternoons, this type of show was intended to appeal to the harried little housewife during her break between finishing the laundry and starting dinner (the SNL sketch "The Continental", with the great comedic performance by Christopher Walken, was in fact based on such a show by the same name). So Percy would wax poetry...very bad poetry...in an effort to entertain housewives. Tell me that I might be wrong, but I somehow feel his personal attraction was directed more to their working husbands! BTW, Percy indicates that he is offering "a cluuuue". This sequence apparently had been created as one of the "clue" seqments of his game show "Take a Good Look".

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