Andy Kaufman on Letterman

Many people refer to these days as the golden age of comedy.  With tons of late night comedians, stand-up super stars, box office comedy blockbusters, and comedy nerds running rampant, its easy to buy into that hype.  Well, it might be the case that comedy is bigger then ever, but there probably isn’t one comedian from today’s day and age that comes close to matching the genius of Andy Kaufman.  All you have to do is watch the clip below where Andy appears on Letterman and hardly says a thing for the first few minutes, but manages to have the audience rolling with laughter.  When he goes into a monolog about his fucked up life, tells people not to laugh, and proceeds to beg for money like a homeless guy, what’s real, and what’s the act, is so blurred at that point, that its truly mind-blowing.  Credit also goes to Letterman for playing the strait man so convincingly, that you truly believe that he has no idea whether or not what Andy’s doing is real or not.  It would be unimaginable to think what Andy would be doing had he lived to this day, so check out this timeless performance from one of the funniest people that ever lived.

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  1. George says:

    The one timeless comedian. I can’t think of any other. This performance, and possibly anything from Andy Kaufman would be just as funny today as it was then. True slow burn.

    • Willie says:

      It’s truly remarkable. Who else blurred the line between performance and reality with more brilliance? The thing that KILLS me is wondering how he would have folded into the comedy landscape over the coming decades had he lived. All the revolutionary artists died in the 80s…fuck.

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