Feb 7, 2019
Ernie Kovacs was a pioneering force in early television and helped lay the foundations of what would later become Late Night Comedy. Ben Model is a renowned silent film accompanist and as an archivist has help preserve and restore lost and damaged films. He's also one of the leading voices who helped the Library of Congress acquire the massive back catalogue of Kovacs films in 2015, and helped curate the impressive 9-disc ERNIE KOVACS: CENTENNIAL EDITION for Shout! Factory, available now. For those who know NOTHING about Kovacs, Ben breaks down the great bits and game-changers that may still impress all these years later. Special thanks to Josh Mills for helping arrange this conversation, and you can get more silent films from Ben through his Undercrank Productions film label at silentfilmmusic.com. Hail Satire! is hosted and produced by Vic Shuttee. Originally recorded on November 19, 2018.