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About

Please watch our video above to meet funnyman Edgar Kennedy, fondly remembered today as the bald-headed comedian in countless classic films. But Edgar was also America's first "sitcom" star who played himself in 103 two-reel comedy shorts known as the "Average Man" series produced by RKO Radio Pictures between 1931 and 1948. 

In each RKO short, Edgar is surrounded by a zany dysfunctional family consisting of a dizzy wife, meddling mother-in-law and shiftless brother-in-law. Edgar is often caught up in domestic turmoil, a household emergency, mistaken identity, fixing something himself or the latest get-rich-quick scheme. Sound familiar?

 Our ultimate goal is to honor Edgar Kennedy's film career by restoring and releasing as many of his RKO comedy shorts as possible. The hi-def digital restorations will be released in an original broadcast and home video series called The Edgar Kennedy Show.  Each half-hour EKS episode will showcase one of Edgar's funniest  comedy shorts shown in its entirety along with a mini-biography segment drawn from Edgar's 35-year film career working with Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, the Marx Bros., the Keystone Kops and in dozens of feature films.

The project goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to fund the Pilot Episode of The Edgar Kennedy Show for consideration by Turner Classic Movies, PBS and other broadcast venues for the series and to secure worldwide video distribution.  

Mark Livingston Kennedy, Edgar’s grandson, will introduce his grandfather's film legacy in the Pilot EpisodeThe EKS Pilot will feature Edgar's 1931 RKO short Thanks Again. In this hilarious romp Edgar & Family build and fly their own airplane. It was not sold to TV in the 1950's, as were many of Edgar's other RKO shorts, and has been unseen since its original release beyond a single screening a few years back at Cinefest in Syracuse, NY. 

The Edgar Kennedy Show is being developed by Bijou Productions, the creators of the original 1980s hit PBS series Matinee at the Bijou and Festival Films, in association with Windsor Production Corp. who owns the 35mm negatives held by the Library of Congress.

All associated with this worthy project are waiving traditional fees and salaries to create the EKS Pilot Episode on a modest $8,750 budget to cover necessary hard costs only.
 
Kickstarter contributions will cover restoring to digital HD the Library of Congress 35mm master of Thanks Again, production set and crew to film the host segments, travel costs, creation of opening and closing segments, the mini-biography about the birth of the "Average Man" series, editing and related video lab procedures to produce a professional HD broadcast master. Kickstarter and credit card processing fees and premium fulfillment costs are also included.

 

 Edgar's “slow burn” signature act of frustration is timeless and universal. 

We are featuring a "Slow Burn Challenge" on Facebook and YouTube and invite old and young alike to film and submit their own versions of Edgar's famous slow burn. Videos are limited to 10-seconds or less and the top 5 slow burns will be featured in The Edgar Kennedy Show Pilot. The Slow Burn Challenge is not a competition and is planned as a regular feature of the continuing series. Imagine Edgar's signature slow burn gesture going viral and sparking a national Slow Burn craze. 
 
This demo video shows how to submit your slow burn for consideration. The music is contributed by film composer Charlie Barnett.  Edgar's grandson, Mark Kennedy, offers his first take. Will Mark shave his head to closer resemble Edgar when he introduces the Pilot Episode? With your Kickstarter support, the answer will be YES! 

 You can enjoy dozens of highlights from Edgar's funniest RKO shorts at our "Clip of the Week" page.  Sorry, but we can't show any of Thanks Again yet since it currently exists only on 35mm.  With your Kickstarter help the sky's the limit for restoring and reissuing all of these comedy gems that have been "lost" for generations.  

You can read about Edgar as an original Keystone Kop, his early work with Charlie Chaplin, the creation of the Average Man series that this project is dedicated to and meet Edgar's un-average Family in the series.  Much more is found in Bill Cassara's captivating biography "Edgar Kennedy: Master of the Slow Burn" that helped inspire the Edgar Kennedy Restoration Project. Please visit "The Edgar Kennedy Show" on Facebook and "Like" Edgar to receive updates. Also consider leaving a comment and posting a link on your own Facebook page to help spread the word.

Please enjoy the "Slow Burn" theme song for The Edgar Kennedy Show by film and TV composer Charlie Barnett.

 If we are able to substantially exceed our Kickstarter funding goal, we will transfer additional Edgar shorts to hi-def and produce a 6-episode first season of The Edgar Kennedy Show. Costs to produce 6 half-hour shows will be diminished by having the set built, the production team in place, the music score and the opening sequence produced for the Pilot. The cost of proper HD digital transfers will remain constant for each short. 

This concept for a continuing series of comedy shorts accompanied by mini-biography segments and behind-the-scenes histories can later be applied to the cinematic legacies of other classic film comedians like Charley Chase, Laurel & Hardy, Hal Roach's Our Gang, Leon Errol and Clark & McCullough.

Risks and challenges

While we do have solid contacts in place, our pitch of the Pilot Episode of The Edgar Kennedy Show to Turner Classic Movies and to PBS affiliates ... COULD FAIL. Should that happen, there are numerous other existing and emerging broadcast and webcast platforms as well as direct-to-home video venues we will consider next.

Having a professional pilot in hand will go a long way toward finding a proper home and producing "The Edgar Kennedy Show" series. Whatever the outcome for a continuing series, if we succeed in funding and producing the pilot each supporter will receive our sincere thanks and an opportunity to view the pilot on a private YouTube channel or own it on DVD, along with the other indicated premiums.

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    You will receive "Edgar Sneak Preview #1" - a personal DVD of 5 of Edgar's best RKO shorts. These are good quality, unedited work prints from 16mm source materials: "Hold Your Temper" (1943), "Rough On Rents" (1942), "Baby Daze" (1939), "Will Power" (1936) and "Help Wanted, Female" (1931). Plus the email updates and private YouTube showing of the Pilot episode with your name listed with SPECIAL THANKS in the credits.

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    You will receive "Edgar Sneak Preview #2" - a personal DVD of 5 of Edgar's different RKO shorts. These are good quality, unedited work prints from 16mm source materials: "You Drive Me Crazy" (1945), "Feather Your Nest" (1944), "Quiet Please" (1935), "Edgar Hamlet" (1935) and "Next Door Neighbors" (1932). Plus the behind-the-scenes email updates and private YouTube showing of the Pilot episode with your name listed with SPECIAL THANKS in the credits.

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    You will receive a personal DVD of the complete Pilot episode of "The Edgar Kennedy Show" with your name listed with SPECIAL THANKS in the credits, both of the Edgar "Sneak Preview" DVDs listed above, behind-the-scenes email updates, a link to the private YouTube showing of the Pilot and immense gratitude from Edgar's growing fan base.

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    You will receive a quality 8x10 publicity still copied from Edgar's personal scrapbook, autographed by grandson Mark Livingston Kennedy and suitable for framing. Plus you will receive a personal DVD of the Pilot Episode with your name in the SPECIAL THANKS credits, both Edgar "Sneak Preview" DVDs, the private YouTube showing of the Pilot, behind-the-scenes email updates and immense gratitude from Edgar's many fans every time they spot your name in the credits.

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    You will be awarded The Edgar SILVER Package - You will receive an autographed copy of Edgar's official bio: "Edgar Kennedy, Master of the Slow Burn" by Bill Cassara. Plus the Edgar still signed by grandson Mark Kennedy, Pilot show on DVD with your name in the SPECIAL THANKS credits, the 2 Edgar "Sneak Preview" DVDs, the private YouTube link, behind-the-scenes email updates and immense gratitude from Edgar's many fans every time they spot your name in the credits.

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    You will be awarded The Edgar GOLD Package. Your name will be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the pilot episode of "The Edgar Kennedy Show." Plus all the above premiums: signed book & still, Pilot show on DVD with your name in credits, both Edgar "Sneak Preview" DVDs, behind-the-scenes email updates, link to the private YouTube showing of the Pilot. In addition, producers and series creators Bob Campbell and Ron Hall will be delighted to talk to you by phone or email to hear your ideas for the series as we move into production

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    You will be awarded The Edgar RED CARPET Package - Your name will be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the Pilot show credits AND each of the first 6 episodes (if the Pilot results in production of the series). Plus the 2 Edgar "Sneak Preview" DVDs, the Pilot on a DVD, the signed book and still, discussions with Bob and Ron, private YouTube link, behind-the-scenes email updates and immense gratitude from Edgar's many fans worldwide every time they spot your name in the credits.

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