While often called a comedian, Kaufman described himself instead as a "song and dance man". He has sometimes been called an " anti-comedian ". The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can. After working in small comedy clubs in the early s, Kaufman came to the attention of a wider audience in , when he was invited to perform portions of his act on the first season of Saturday Night Live.
(Rest in peace Stanley Kaufman who passed away in July 2013 at the age of 90.)
A ndy Kaufman never considered himself a comedian. If given the choice, he would rather have been introduced to audiences as a song-and- dance man. Andy felt being introduced as a comedian put pressure on the audience to laugh. Besides, sometimes they didn't laugh and Andy wanted it that way. Andy worked to create real reactions. He wanted people to laugh from the gut, get sad from the gut - or get angry from the gut. N o one could put a label on Andy because he was more than a song-and-dance man -- some say he was a performance artist. Perhaps they're right, Andy didn't tell jokes; he explored ideas.
Undaunted, Kaufmanheads allowed themselves a beautiful moment to imagine that their man was, at any instant, about to stumble into Studio 8H, probably looking as bloated and careworn and ornery as Tony Clifton, his Vegas lounge-lizard alter ego. Could that experiment in slow-cooked comic timing have been a practice run for a thirty-year act? Alas, Kaufman was a no-show, again. One of the central tenets of this cult is that Andy Kaufman is really and truly alive, possibly in New Mexico and probably as a monk, waiting for the perfect moment to reveal himself. Whether this story is supported by facts is immaterial. This itself is another tenet. With Kaufman, the key was always to inhabit a character all the way—whether or not cameras were rolling—and to operate under the principle that passionate, persistent fictions are indistinguishable from fact. Faith, performed perfectly, becomes fact. It seems just too perfectly scripted.
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