John Cleese to be presented with Ernie Kovacs Award at Texas Theatre on December 4

Tickets $35+:

The nature of physical comedy over the intellectual and paired with the intellectual is, in theatrical history, generally paired with messaging meant to effect the working or less educated classes.

But this specific point of reference whether it is found in the Globe Theatre’s repertoire or the spectacle that entered all of our homes at the apex of the mid-century does not assume this form of comedy is declasse.

The physical effect of comedy, as tragedy or trope informative of natures, states, and conditions humanity might find deterrent when placed on the body as presented in a public performative space, operates as mirror for the individual among axes that may in some respects be described as an interactive, ideological space between the Panopticon and the Synopticon for as much as Foucault and Mathieson are worth without Marshall McLuhan’s elaboration on the Medium and the Message.

Buffoonery has much to teach the individual that cannot learn from a simple wagging eyebrow.

But now for something completely different: (that is actually quite the same)

Over the years, VideoFest has only shown short snippets of Ernie Kovacs’ work.

This year hosts of the Kovacs’ Centennial and Dallas VideoFest will present a full evening of Ernie Kovacs television work the night before the Award Event.

Celebrate the Centennial of the birth of offbeat comedy genius, Ernie Kovacs, with this hilarious retrospective of his greatest live gags on early television in the 1950s along with his career highlights, which have inspired the likes of Pee-wee Herman, Kids in the Hall, Amy Sedaris, Mike Nesmith, and Monty Python.

Hosted by Dallas VideoFest’s artistic director: Bart Weiss, Ernie Kovacs archivist: Ben Model, and Josh Mills, the son of Ernie’s wife, Edie Adams:

Dallas VideoFest 32 presents an evening retrospective of “The Ernie Kovacs Show” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Richardson (100 N Central Expy #14, Richardson). Admission – $5 voucher redeemable for food reserves your seat at Alamo – Richardson.

The following day, VideoFest awards the Ernie Kovacs Award to comedian John Cleese of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd. – Oak Cliff/Dallas).

Admission – $35+ Tickets available –

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