Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman

By: Zehme, Bill

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In the last original era of American comedy, the 1970s, a handful of young comedians looked away from the last vestiges of vaudeville to create a new form of the art. Using situations instead of bits and jokes, these young funnymen could elicit laughter in ways the entertainment industry had never imagined.

At the forefront of this movement was Andy Kaufman, and even in death he is still with us. Taxi is in reruns on Nickelodeon, director Milos Forman is putting the finishing touches on Man on the Moon, a film about Kaufman's life starring Jim Carrey, and A&E is planning a biography of Kaufman to air near the film's release.

Lost in the Funhouse, Bill Zehme's new work, is a probing look at the short life and untimely death of this comic genius. Written with the full cooperation of Kaufman's family, friends, and colleagues, this audiobook takes listeners on a ride never before experienced and not soon to be forgotten.

A complete original -- part performance artist and part prankster -- Kaufman lived his life as one relentless show, and he inspired, excited, and enraged viewers and colleagues alike. From his debut on Saturday Night Live, in which he lip-synched to a scratchy recording of the Mighty Mouse theme, to his mainstream breakthrough as the loveable Latka Gravas on the sitcom Taxi, Kaufman was always breaking new ground.

But there was a dark side to Kaufman as well: He wrestled women -- his record was 69-0; he staged a brawl with pro wrestler Jerry Lawler on Late Night with David Letterman; and he created an obscene alter-ego, Tony Clifton. It was this dark side that convinced people that Kaufman did not die of a rare form of lung cancer in 1984. Many felt it was justanother one of his practical jokes -- some still believe that he lives among us today.

Title: Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman

Author Name: Zehme, Bill

Categories: Humor,

Publisher: Los Angeles, Los Angeles: Renaissance Media, 1999: 1999

ISBN Number: 1559275642

ISBN Number 13: 9781559275644

Binding: Analog Audio Cassette

Book Condition: Very Good +

Type: Book

Seller ID: 002998

Description: Very Good +. Two-cassette audio book, approx. playing time 3 hours. A biography and tribute to Andy Kaufman, read by Budd Friedman, operator of the Improv club in New York. The book looks at the 1970s as the golden age of improvisation.