• Report: Andy Kaufman is dead

    Despite the best efforts of Michael Kaufman to convince the world otherwise, his brother, iconic comedian Andy Kaufman is dead. That’s the report from The Smoking Gun, who just posted details responding to a new round of rumors that supported Kaufman didn’t die of lung cancer on May 16, 1984 and, instead, faked his own death. Michael Kaufman appeared onstage at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York on Monday;

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    Comedy album releases for July 16, 2013

    Editor’s note: This is a weekly feature on Laughspin.com in partnership with Pandora Comedy. These new comedy albums will be released like so many kraken on Tuesday, July 16. That’s tomorrow! Celebrate the 78th anniversary of the world’s first parking meter by financially supporting one (or all) of these fine funny folk. • Maria Bamford: Ask Me About My New God! (Comedy Central Records) • Moshe Kasher: Live from Oakland

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    The first ever Andy Kaufman album will be released on July 16, Bill Hader featured as narrator

    Although Andy Kaufman accomplished a lot in the 35 years he spent on this planet — including now iconic roles on Taxi and Saturday Night Live — the one thing he didn’t leave behind was a proper comedy album. But that will change on July 16, when Chicago indie music label Drag City releases Andy and His Grandmother, a collection of Andy’s bits culled from 82 hours of material recorded

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    Inside the Andy Kaufman Awards with Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts and more

    Andy Kaufman was one of the most unusual, most talented, and most creative comics ever to hit the stage. He left us too young, but his memory certainly lives on. Manager/producer Wayne Rada, (who also books CB’s Comedy Club), produced the 7th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards at Gotham Comedy Club and– I spent two nights there watching the semi-finals and then the finals. Contestants are not supposed to try and

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    Comedian Nick Vatterott wins Andy Kaufman Award

    While Will Ferrell recently earned one of comedy’s highest honors in the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, there’s another prestigious comedy award that isn’t as well known, but, arguably, just as intriguing. Every year, the Andy Kaufman Award is given to comedians that embody the boldness and originality in spirit of the comedy legend from which it carries its name. Past winners undoubtedly fit the bill as they include

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    Tony Clifton’s ‘Live on the Sunset Strip’: Punchline Magazine reviews the rough cut

    Fans and co-conspirators alike crammed into the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles last week for a sneak preview of an early cut of Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip. The documentary captures the highs, lows, and on-stage vagina shavings of Tony Clifton’s four-night stand at the Comedy Store in May 2010, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of his first show after the death of his creator, Andy Kaufman.

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    Andy Kaufman’s alter ego Tony Clifton releases concert film; watch the trailer

    Andy Kaufman’s hilarious, but notorious alter-ego, sleazy lounge singer opener Tony Clifton is back with his very own concert film. Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip filmed last May at the world famous Comedy Store that was both shocked and amazed as audiences first were when he was part of Kaufman’s act. Making comedian Neil Hamburger, who recently made headlines by waging war with vitriolic Britney Spears fans over

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    Tony Clifton returns, whether you like it or not

    My previous run-ins with Tony Clifton have been well documented, but I can’t help but be excited by the news that the venerable lounge lizard has once again emerged from (what I assume is) a haze of hookers and booze for a four-night stand at the famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. The shows, May 16th, 19th, 20th, and 21st promise to inject new life into the Clifton legend for decades

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    Tony Clifton: Andy Kaufman’s spirit carries on

    In the late 1970s, the late legendary comedian Andy Kaufman met and befriended Las Vegas lounge act Tony Clifton– or so the story goes. Shortly after that, however, we all learned that Andy was Tony… maybe. Either way, Tony’s back in the spotlight just in time for the release of the new book Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts. If there were one thing that I know now that

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    Special screening to launch Andy Kaufman book happens Thursday in LA

    There’s a cool opportunity for Andy Kaufman fans in the LA area: there’s a special screening of rare Kaufman performances happening tomorrow night at the Silent Movie Theatre. The event is taking place in conjunction with the release of the book Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts, written by Lynne Marguiles, Kaufman’s former girlfriend. The video includes moments from Kaufman’s “Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World” adventures, a never-before-seen

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    Tony Clifton to host Andy Kaufman Award showcase

    We caught wind earlier this morning that the 5th Annual Andy Kaufman Award showcase will be hosted by none other than longtime Kaufman rival, Tony Clifton. Clifton, who was originally discovered by Kaufman in 1969 while performing in a seedy lounge in Las Vegas was revealed to be a character performed by both Andy Kaufman and on occasion by his long time friend and writer Bob Zmuda, according to Zmuda’s

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    Andy Kaufman Award seeks unique stand-up talent

    The fifth annual Andy Kaufman Award Competition is underway. The Competition serves as a showcase for up-and-coming comedians, as well as a celebration honoring the work of Andy Kaufman. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kaufman’s death. Prospective contestants must submit a DVD of no more than six minutes of their original performance material. They must also submit an entry form from the official website, theandykaufmanaward.com. The deadline for entries

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    Paul Provenza: Not all about the laughs

    Paul Provenza is one of the most well-respected comedians of the last two decades, but there came a point in his career when using comedy to simply make people laugh ceased to become a challenge for him. So The Aristocrats director embarked on a new comedic vision (some of that can be seen on Crackle.com’s second season of The Purple Onion) and a brand new way to piss off the

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