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.