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February 20. 2013 1:37AM
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The revivalists at Shout Factory! enjoyed such success with the first Ernie Kovacs Collection that they've brought out a sequel called The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Volume 2 (2012, Shout Factory, unrated, $25).

The three-disc set is stuffed with more goodies, including episodes from the comic's NBC morning program and the Take A Good Look game show as well as 18 sketches from assorted series.

While Kovacs is front and center, his widow – Kingston native Edie Adams – is nearly as prominently featured. And that's a good thing because she's capable of generating quite a few laughs on her own.

Almost all of the episodes of The Ernie Kovacs Show have Adams singing a popular tune or two. She's also among the panelists on the episodes of Take A Good Look, Kovacs' answer to What's My Line? Finally, there's a clip from Adams' and Kovacs' home movies in which the couple play golf with Jackie Gleason and his then-gal pal Honey.

Adams and Kovacs were married in 1954 and remained together until he died at the age of 42 in a car crash in 1962.

After that, Adams worked tirelessly to preserve his vintage TV appearances, including A Pony For Chris, a rare western-themed pilot co-starring Buster Keaton that is included in the box.

In the years after Kovacs' death, Adams continued acting, appearing in such films as The Apartment, The Best Man, Love With a Proper Stranger, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Honey Pot, which, coincidentally, was written and directed by Wilkes-Barre's Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Adams died in 2008 at the age of 81.

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