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

Zehme, Bill

Verlag: Fourth Estate, London, 2000
ISBN 10: 1841152196 / ISBN 13: 9781841152196
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Titel: Lost in the Funhouse : The Life and Mind of ...

Verlag: Fourth Estate, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: paperback

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16 pages photographs. Creased spine, some wear, contents clean, sound, and bright. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 186049

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First biography of the comedian Andy Kaufman, soon to be played by Jim Carrey in Milos Forman?s new film Man On The Moon.

In the 1970s a handful of young American comedians revolutionised US comedy. At the forefront was Andy Kaufman. From his debut on Saturday Night Live, lip-synching Mighty Mouse?s cry of "Here I come to save the day!", to his role as Latka on the sitcom Taxi, Andy was breaking new ground, and hiding a vastly darker side.

Whether creating an alter-ego ? lounge lizard Tony Clifton ? or wrestling women, whatever the "gag" was, Andy Kaufman was living it. Part performance artist and part prankster, Kaufman lived his life as a relentless performance, and he inspired, and enraged those around him in equal measure. So when he was diagnosed as having cancer at 34, hardly anyone believed him, not even when they saw his body in the coffin?

With the full cooperation of Kaufman?s family, friends and colleagues, this is a trip into the dark side of a comic genius.

Rezension: Bill Zehme's biography of comic actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman (subject of the feature film Man in the Moon) is a meticulously researched, eminently readable and very strange book--this last being perhaps no surprise given its subject. Written over a six-year period, Lost in the Funhouse is crammed with details gleaned from interviews with the actor's family, friends, teachers, co-workers and unwitting participants in Kaufman's pranks. In particular, the book provides great insight into Kaufman's early life in Great Neck, New York; his relationship with transcendental meditation and his first forays into night clubs in the early 70s. Zehme, author of The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin', weaves together multiple narratives from varying perspectives, including passages in which the author appears to have entered his subject's brain. Zehme did have access to unpublished letters and manuscripts (which fans would certainly like to see published on their own one day) but the only person who could legitimately verify the accuracy of these passages is no longer with us.

At its best, the book approaches that apex of artful celebrity bi-fiction, Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams.The transitions from one perspective to the next are a bit jarring at first but once the reader gives in to Zehmes's collage of multiple personalities, one is considerably closer to understanding the book's subject. Kaufman was nothing if not a collector of various intense personalities: the young boy continually mourning his grandfather's death; the likeable and naive Foreign Man; the talentless and irascible lounge singer Tony Clifton; the bliss-seeking student of transcendental meditation; the devoted and loving son who never had anything to do with his own child; and world champion of inter-gender wrestling. Lost in the Funhouse is the one Kaufman tome that will please neophytes as well as those with their own Andy Kaufman Web sites. --Mike McGonigal

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