Dallas VideoFest is proud to honor actor and comedian John Cleese, best known for the British comedy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers, with the coveted Ernie Kovacs Award at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Texas Theatre.
The trifecta anniversary celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ernie Kovacs’ birth coupled with the 50th anniversary of the start of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the UK adding in the 45th anniversary of the British comedy making its debut of airing in the United States starting its American journey at Dallas’ PBS station, KERA-TV. The trifecta culminates in John Cleese receiving the Ernie Kovacs Award.
Also in attendance will be Ron Devillier, retired programmer of KERA-TV, Dallas, who brought the broadcast of the Python series and the wonderful craziness surrounding the decision to do so, says:
“What a pleasure it is for me to be joining the celebration and salute to my two favorite comedy TV series: The Ernie Kovacs Show and Monty Python. John Cleese is the perfect Python rep to receive this Kovacs Award for his performance and writing in Python series of high comedy and misdemeanors. . . And not to be forgotten…. a tip of the hat to KERA-TV for rescuing Python’s from possible obscurity, in the BBC’s dust bin of unsalable films. . . The Ernie Kovacs Show of the 50s and the Monty Python series of the 70s are two outrageously original comedic creations that shattered the boundaries of television broadcast tradition in a most hilarious way. John Cleese, a key Python creator and performer, is a first-class selection to receive this Kovacs Award. Cleese’s writing and performing in Pythons and Fawlty Towers are classics in the genre.”