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Did Anyone See An Andy Kaufman Show ?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, May 3, 2013.

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  1. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

    Apr 4, 2006
    I just finished his bio - written w/ Bob Zmuda.
    ( Bob Zmuda was his comedy partner/writer )
    I was expecting a really bad book --
    but found it very honest + interesting.
    I remember seeing Andy on early SNL shows ---
    but I never saw him "live".
    I'll admit, I didn't really "get it".
    When Andy did the "Mighty Mouse/ record player" bit -
    I didn't laugh........I did twist my head, though !
    "What the hell is this ?"
    Which is what Andy wanted from me, I suppose ?
    One of the interesting stories told in the book was ---
    Andy was young + unknown ---
    Went to see Elvis at The Hilton Las Vegas -
    he had no money - was a huge Elvis fan --
    he hid in an empty kitchen locker + waited for
    Elvis to walk thru the kitchen.
    Andy was right.
    he sees Elvis + jumps out of the locker -
    Elvis' two bodyguards go to remove him
    Elvis says "Wait !"
    They have a brief encounter - at the end of which -
    Andy says "I'm going to be famous one day !"
    Elvis said "Sure you are " and put his hand on Andy's shoulder.
    The King annoints him !

    ..... the story continues.....
    Andy is now famous and playing a show in Memphis.
    Elvis is dead.
    Andy + Bob go to Graceland....pay + stand on line.
    An employee notices Andy + gives him a private tour.
    The curator tells Andy
    "Elvis liked you best of all the impersonaters."
    HOW"S THAT FOR "FULL CIRCLE" !!!!!!:nworthy:
    Bob distracts the tour guide + Andy goes and takes
    a dump in the throne where Elvis died.
    Damn, funny story !
  2. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

    Feb 18, 2011
    Somewhere in Middle America
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    LOL, that was classic Andy!

    "Here I come to save the DAY!"

    Of course I'm old enough to remember the original Mighty Mouse on Saturday morning cartoons.

    Edit, if anyone has not seen this, surf here:

    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  3. johnvic

    johnvic VIP Whale

    Nov 13, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I remember Andy on Taxi, he was surreal, which I loved.
  4. mdee

    mdee VIP Whale

    Feb 22, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great story.
    I'm having a little trouble w/ Bob Zmuda's recollection of Andy going upstairs to Elvis's room. I've been to Graceland 3X. Twice in the 1980's and the 3rd time in 2008.
    On all 3 occasions they were very protective of the upstairs. They didn't want anyone going up there. In the 80's there was a family member living up there. My first
    visit was in 1986 and it was run like a tight ship! After some research it's possible they were still tweaking things since Graceland opened 2 years before Andy's death.
  5. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

    Sep 18, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Never saw his show live, I didn't "get" his comedy. But, I did like Man on the Moon with Jim Carrey.
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