Kovacs was an Innovative TV comedian, writer, and actor whose
shows were known for their experimental style that influenced late
night TV show hosts like David Letterman who had cited Kovacs
as the comedian who inspired him. He was an early pioneer in
TV magic and electronic wizardry. Ernie Kovacs was inducted
into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame
in 1987, years after his tragic death in an automobile accident.