Andy Kaufman

Comedian / Showman / Screenwriter / Writer | * 01/17/1949 († 35, 05/16/1984) | New York City / NYC (United States of America (USA))
Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman ( KOWF-mən; January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer and performance artist. While often called a "comedian", Kaufman preferred to describe himself instead as a "song and dance man". He has sometimes been called an "anti-comedian". He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, once saying in an interview, "I am not a comic, I have never told a joke. The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him. My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can." After working in small comedy clubs in the early 1970s, Kaufman came to the attention of a wider audience in 1975, when he was invited to perform portions of his act on the first season of Saturday Night Live. His Foreign Man character was the basis of his performance as Latka Gravas on the hit television show Taxi from 1978 until 1983. During this time, he continued to tour comedy clubs and theaters in a series of unique performance art/comedy shows, sometimes appearing as himself and sometimes as obnoxiously rude lounge singer Tony Clifton. He wa... ()
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Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman(January 17, 1949– May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor andperformance artist. While often referred to as acomedian, Kaufman did not consider himself to be one.He disdained telling jokes and engaging incomedyas it was traditionally understood, referring to himself instead as a "song-and-dance man." Elaborate hoaxes and pranks were major elements of his career. His act maintains a cult following and he continues to be respected among comedians for his original material, performance style, and unflinching commitment to character.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Documentaries | Music

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Movies with Andy Kaufman as Actor(19)

as Self (archive footage)2023 Thank You Very Much
as himself2017 Jerry Before Seinfeld
as Self (archive footage)2017 Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
as Himself (archive footage)2008 The Death Of Andy Kaufman
as Himself (archive footage)1989 I'm from Hollywood
as Tony Clifton1982 The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
as Val1981 Heartbeeps
as Armageddon T. Thunderbird1980 In God We Tru$t
as Himself / Latka Gravas / Tony Clifton1979 Andy's Funhouse
as Police Assassin1976 God Told Me To

TV Shows/Series with Andy Kaufman as Actor(8)

as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)2006 Legends
as Latka Gravas1978 Taxi
as Andy, The Robot1977 Stick Around
as himself1975 Van Dyke and Company
as Self - Stand-up Act1975 Saturday Night Live
as Foreign Man1975 Saturday Night Live
as himself1975 Saturday Night Live
as Self - Special Guest1975 Saturday Night Live

Movies with Andy Kaufman as Crew(4)

Writing/Writer1979 Stormy Justice
Production/Producer1979 Andy's Funhouse
Sound/Original Music Composer1979 Andy's Funhouse
Writing/Writer1979 Andy's Funhouse

Full Name: Andy Kaufman
Born: Monday, 01/17 1949 (January) in New York City / NYC (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 05/16 1984 (May) in West Hollywood (aged: 35)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Educated at: John L. Miller Great Neck North High School, Grahm Junior College
Member of: Writers Guild of America, West
Other names for Andy Kaufman (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman"
"Andrew Kaufman"
Andy Kaufman frequently works together with these people:
Andy Samberg (29x, Actor)
Bill Hader (21x, Actor)
Fred Armisen (18x, Actor)
Kristen Wiig (17x, Actress)
Kenan Thompson (15x, Actor)
Will Forte (14x, Actor)
Bob Zmuda (11x, Actor)
Amy Poehler (9x, Actress)
Albert Brooks (9x, Actor)
Darrell Hammond (8x, Actor)
Melanie Hutsell (8x, Actress)
Paul Simon (7x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:400239, Added: 09/02/2018, Last updated: 06/11/2024