Andy Kaufman

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"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....They say, 'Oh wow, Andy Kaufman, he's a really funny guy.' But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."

—Kaufman explaining his act

"T'ank you veddy much."

Eye spelling of the catchphrase from Kaufman's character Foreign Man, later adapted into Latka Gravas on Taxi

Quotations about Kaufman[edit]

Kaufman was an early Elvis impersonator and his affection for the King was referenced in the R.E.M. song "Man on the Moon"
  • Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
  • Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
  • Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
  • Are we losing touch?

Alternately

  • ...Are you having fun?
—Lyrics from the 1992 R.E.M. song "Man on the Moon", written for the album Automatic for the People
  • I'm tossing up punchlines that were never there...
  • I'm breaking through
  • I'm bending spoons
  • I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
  • I'm looking for answers from the great beyond
—Lyrics from the 1999 R.E.M. song "The Great Beyond", written for the soundtrack to the film Man on the Moon

See also[edit]

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