Head Games


Mark Evanier posted this clip of Ernie Kovacs’ famous “Nairobi Trio” on his blog a few months ago. I meant to link to it then, but forgot. For some reason, now seems like the right moment.

The clip is both self-explanatory and unexplainable. It’s much funnier than its gag, much funnier than the music, much funnier even than the ape masks — but possibly *not* funnier than the ape masks, overcoats, and hats as a gestalt. You’ll have to decide.

I first saw the bit performed on television in the late ’50s/early ’60s, about the same time I was discovering that comic books had existed before I was born, and that there had once been a character named Doctor Fate.

There are times when I think that explains the last 50 years of my life.

4 Responses to “Head Games”

  1. a strange girl in a stranger land Says:

    So lost with the monkeys. They explain the last 50 years? I couldn’t grasp the last 50 seconds. Hmmmm…. Still like your mind though!

  2. Al Says:

    Hi. I enjoyed your post. I run The Ernie Kovacs Blog and mentioned it in my latest update.

    You can always visit us at:
    The Ernie Kovacs Blog
    The Ernie Kovacs Tribute Site
    and The Ernie Kovacs MySpace Page.


  3. Beth Says:

    I saw this as a kid when it was on broadcast TV and always adored it. Back then, it was just funny. Now… I’m bizzarly in synch with your comment about the last 50 years — Thanks.

  4. Ali Says:

    So interesting and funny.