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Andy Kaufman Once Tried His "Foreign Man" Character at an Ice Cream Shop and Upset a Lot of People

"Andy and I and a few others went to Brigham's ice cream parlor in Harvard Square. At the counter, Andy became Foreign Man … who seemed stunned by the array of flavors. In halting, bumbling, nasal English, Andy shyly asked to taste one. He took his time, savored the ice cream, started to order, then stopped mid-sentence and pondered. He asked to taste another flavor, worked it over, hesitated, asked a question or two … and got wide-eyed over yet another flavor … The line behind him was long and the patrons were getting restless … Just when I thought he was about to get clobbered, Foreign Man made up his [...]

Here Are a Bunch of Rare TV Pilots Starring Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Kaufman

Every year, TV networks spend millions of dollars making pilots for shows that never see the light of day. Occasionally, those pilots surface online, and I stumbled upon a whole bunch of them recently that I had never seen on the internet before and embedded them below.

From the Bob Odenkirk-Janeane Garofalo HBO comedy Life on Mars to the US adaptation of The IT Crowd with Joel McHale, from Andy Kaufman's first sitcom role as a robot to a bunch of questionable TV adaptations of popular movies, it's a fascinating bunch of failed comedy pilots that have rarely (if ever) been seen by the general public. Enjoy!

Andy Kaufman Is Releasing His First-Ever Comedy Album This Summer

Andy Kaufman is the second beloved dead comedian to have a new project announced this week. Following Tuesday's news of an animated film based on a rare Phil Hartman recording, record label Drag City announced yesterday that they'll be releasing a comedy album called Andy and His Grandmother, which is assembled from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes Andy Kaufman recorded between 1977 and 1979. From the press release:

Andy regarded the micro-tape recorder as a fantastic new way of capturing his hoaxing, and carried it with him everywhere, for use at any given moment. Real life was the ultimate frontier for him, and these tapes demonstrate the heart [...]

Another 10 TV Pilots the Networks Didn't Pick Up

The fall TV season kicked off this week, with NBC being the first of the major networks to launch new shows. It’s really impressive any time a TV show makes it to air because it’s such an arduous process to even get a pilot episode made, let alone getting a show picked up to series. There are so many steps at which things can completely fall apart when developing a TV show that it’s a wonder so many shows get made at all.

Because most networks develop far more pilots than they need, each network has its own back catalogue of rejected shows that never made it to air. [...]

Foolproof Strategies For Winning Next Year's Andy Kaufman Award

Congratulations to Nick Vatterott, who took home the coveted Andy Kaufman Award for his standup routine as a monster. It's funny! Here are some suggestions for those considering entering this contest next year:

- Repeat the sentence "You guys know what I think about recursion?" for half an hour. Then take a bow and, as if you're starting a new joke, repeat the sentence "You know what I think about repetition?" for forty-five minutes.

- Do your regular set, silently.

Bob Zmuda and Lynn Margulies Wrote a Book About Andy Kaufman That Comes Out Next Year

Earlier this week, there was another "Andy Kaufman is alive" hoaxinvolving a woman pretending to be his daughter and his real life brother, and now, there's a new book about the late comedian in the works co-written by the two people who know him best. Kaufman's writing partner and best friend Bob Zmuda and Lynne Margulies, who was his girlfriend at the time of his death, have written a new book called Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally. It's due out October 7th, 2014. Here's a bit from the book description:

[Zmuda and Margulies] talk about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death with chillingly morbid candor. They also [...]

'Andy and His Grandmother': Andy Kaufman Is Still Trying to Mess With You From the Grave

Andy Kaufman is definitely dead. He definitely died at the too-young age of 35 years old of lung cancer in 1984. But because he was a comedian who for the last few years of his life loved to prank people, even smart folks believe that he is still alive. It is the power of Kaufman (and the leg work of Bob Zmuda continually dressing up as Kaufman character Tony Clifton) to keep the ruse going almost thirty years later, but it keeps the spotlight on the practical joke aspect of Andy Kaufman's professional career, and continues to overshadow the other types of comedy he had done. The man did [...]

Finding the Humor in Cancer

Welcome to our new series Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

Cancer is the disease that perpetually reminds us that we are all a bunch of vulnerable, fleshy meat sacks, and that everything we touch, eat, breathe or spend too much time standing near is eventually going to kill us. It affects millions of people every year. A late diagnosis is effectively a death sentence, and the variety show of pain it has provided humanity [...]

Talking with Alan Spencer about 'Bullet in the Face,' Andy Kaufman, 'Sledge Hammer,' and Life as a Hollywood Script Doctor

After spending his teenage years sneaking on to movie studio lots and befriending talented, offbeat folks like Marty Feldman and Andy Kaufman, Alan Spencer became one of the youngest-ever members of the Writers Guild at age 15. The first show he created, Sledge Hammer!, made him the youngest-ever creator of a network TV series at the time at 26, and the program earned a great deal of critical acclaim and inspired a devoted cult following after its criminally short, two-season run. Frustrated with how hard it is to get a show on the air, Alan Spencer then began working as a Hollywood script doctor, fixing other people's movies and [...]

Watch Andy Kaufman Be Alive: 175 Andy Kaufman Videos Running in Chronological Order

Watch Andy Kaufman Be Alive is a new blog by comedian Scott Moran, one that promises to post every available Andy Kaufman video in chronological order. With 175 videos lined up, he's starting with his college acting auditions and leading up to his final TV appearance 9 years later. It's a pretty awesome undertaking, and a great way to get introduced to Kaufman over time. Above is Kaufman's first ever TV appearance on Kennedy at Night from 1972.

Andy Kaufman Is Not Alive, You Dummies

Michael Kaufman, brother of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, took the stage at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards Monday night and said that Andy sent him a letter in 1999 saying that he was living a quiet life with his wife and daughter. Then, a woman claiming to be Andy Kaufman's 24-year-old daughter, which would make her born four years after his death, went onstage and had a conversation with Michael Kaufman.

As you can assume with "Andy Kaufman is alive" stuff, it turns out the whole thing was a hoax.

The Smoking Gun uncovered the true identity of "Kaufman's daughter." She's a 24-year-old New York actress named [...]

Submissions for the 2013 Andy Kaufman Award Are Now Open

The Andy Kaufman Award, an annual prize given out to young comedians who perform in the spirit of the legendary late comedian, is taking submissions for the 2013 award now. Founded in 2004 by Kaufman's family, the Andy Kaufman Award has, in the past, gone to comedians like Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, and Brent Weinbach, when they were earlier on in their careers. Head on over to the official website to find out how to submit your video. The ceremony is typically held in November, when finalists perform on stage and one is selected to receive the award. (via The Comedy Bureau)

Making the Strange Journey to Andy Kaufman's Funhouse

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When it comes to comedy today, audiences are kind of spoiled. With podcasts, cable channels, video sites, and every other vehicle for media out [...]

Kaufman! Lawler! Letterman! (And the Rest of the Episode)

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Early Letterman always seems strange to me. In a good way. I grew up watching Conan on Late Night, so seeing Letterman walk out [...]