Could Andy Kaufman be pulling off the biggest prank of his exceptionally strange life in comedy, almost 30 years after his death?
Vernon Chatman, a comedian perhaps best known for co-creating the cult sketch show Wonder Showzen, compiled the brand-new comedy album Andy and His Grandmother. Full of eccentric real-life moments, with the late comedian toying with the minds of his girlfriends, talking to cops and hookers in assumed voices and, yes, chatting with his grandmother, the album was culled from 82 hours of tapes Kaufman recorded for his planned debut album, which never came to pass after his death. Read our interview with Chatman where he talks about the project and how he tried to build the album Andy wanted to make.
The Andy Kaufman Show
Andy Kaufman’s 1983 PBS special is transcendently influential. Popular comedy has only recently caught up to the metacontextual awareness of Andy’s ephemeral genius.
Andy Warhol, with Caitlin Clarke, Debbie Harry and Andy Kaufman who appeared together in the Broadway show ‘Teaneck Tansi: The Venus Flytrap’ at the Nederlander Theatre, New York, 1983. The show ran for only one night, April 20, 1983.