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Andy Kaufman - Saturday Night Live 1975 - Best Comedic Performance Ever Made By Human Being

cr0w

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He truly made fucking with people an art form. I love how long it took for Lawler to admit he was in on the whole thing when he and Kaufman had their feud going on. People in Memphis and the surrounding territories were straight up out for Kaufman's blood, he was SO GOOD at antagonizing people.

It's doubly funny because even Carrey didn't know that when he was filming the movie, so he pushed Lawler to the point where Lawler almost broke his fucking neck.
 
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Rock And Roll

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Kaufman is the best and his ability to keep a straight face during all his shenanigans is so impressive. He never broke character.

Also, if you haven't watched the new the Kanye episode on the Netflix Letterman series, they start talking about Andy. David said at the end of his appearances when they were on the couch, Andy would lean in and tell Dave "send me all the hate mail". What a legend.
 

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Was going to coincidentally make another thread about Saturday Night Live, but I think I'll just post my thoughts here.

Yeah, Kaufman was a legend. In fact the entire SNL run from the 70's to 1998 (the death of Phil Hartman), is probably the greatest run of sketch comedy in history. I've never seen or experienced anything else like it and I don't know if we ever will again. I mean I used to stay up every Saturday night for SNL, it was the weekly highlight of TV viewing, and there were always at least a couple of of sketches that would make me laugh so hard I would cry.

Seems like SNL died along with good sitcoms, and mainstream TV in general.....but I'll never forget the legends.
 
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cryptoadam

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Was going to coincidentally make another thread about Saturday Night Live, but I think I'll just post my thoughts here.

Yeah, Kaufman was a legend. In fact the entire SNL run from the 70's to 1998 (the death of Phil Hartman), is probably the greatest run of sketch comedy in history. I've never seen or experienced anything else like it and I don't know if we ever will again. I mean I used to stay up every Saturday night for SNL, it was the weekly highlight of TV viewing, and there were always at least a couple of of sketches that would make me laugh so hard I would cry.

Seems like SNL died along with good sitcoms, and mainstream TV in general.....but I'll never forget the legends.
So true.

Lets see how many sketches we can remember LOL

Church Lady
Caveman Lawyer
Making Copies
waynes world
Adam Sandlers call in show (can't remember the name)
its Pat
Down by the River
3 retail clothing store workers

Man my memory is fading but there has to be more reoccuring characters.
 

pramod

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So true.

Lets see how many sketches we can remember LOL

Church Lady
Caveman Lawyer
Making Copies
waynes world
Adam Sandlers call in show (can't remember the name)
its Pat
Down by the River
3 retail clothing store workers

Man my memory is fading but there has to be more reoccuring characters.
The Roxbury Guys
Hans and Franz
Sabra Shopping Network
The McLaughlin Group
Massive Headwound Harry
The Ladie's Man
Perspectives (I love Tim Meadows)
The Continental

Most of these can't be found on Youtube anymore, you need to buy the DVDs.
 
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Kaufman is influential and a madman genius. I recall renting some bootleg fan VHS tape where Andy was sick and let people come up and touch his cyst during one of his performances.
 

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I liked him, he was creative and could really sell his bits. But if I’m being completely honest, not my kind of comedy. My baseline is more stupid, Farley, Nacho Libre, Airplane, Blazing Saddles etc.
 
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I will be the first to admit I don't understand Andy Kaufman's comedy. I sorta get the idea it's sorta meta "I'm playing a character and walking the line between actually being it and playing it" kinda thing but I just don't get why it's funny. he's definitely ahead of his time thou, that much I know.
 
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I will be the first to admit I don't understand Andy Kaufman's comedy. I sorta get the idea it's sorta meta "I'm playing a character and walking the line between actually being it and playing it" kinda thing but I just don't get why it's funny. he's definitely ahead of his time thou, that much I know.
I think that’s attributable to the fact that we’re all “in” on it now - we know it’s all a gag. Things like his feud with Lawler were thought to be completely real at the time, which might alter how you experience his act.
 

LegendOfKage

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I was watching some random you tube videos the other day, and I came across this, which is easily the most shocking interview I've ever seen him do. If you're familiar with his interviews, it's not hard to see why.

 
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