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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Busy week ahead

Look gang, the next few days I'm gonna be swamped with stuff. Especially with the lead-up to opening night for Theatre Guild of Rockingham County's production of Gypsy. I'm not gonna have much time to entertain you, enlighten you and otherwise play around with your heads like I usually do.

So here's something to tide you over until The Knight Shift resumes regular blogging. It's a YouTube clip that blurs the line between reality and imagination... well, more than most things that readily come to mind. From 1982's The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, it's Tony Clifton!

Depending on how old you are, this video will either make you laugh... or confuse the heck out of you. Ironically it's the older viewers who are likely to be scratching their heads in wonder.

"If you believed they put a man on the moon..."


Beth said...

Hey Andy are you goofing on MISS PIGGY?

I didn't know this ever happened. Thanks! But very sad when you remember that these were two geniuses who within a few years of this had both died. Jim Henson and Andy Kaufman both passed too young.

Marc said...

You want to give us something to tide us over? How about more pics of cousin Lauryn? ;-)

By the way, I think Andy Kaufman was WAY overrated. (I'm old enough to remember him and his dumb, self indulgent Tony Clifton schtick)

Chris Knight said...

I don't know if "self indulgent" is the right term for it, if for no other reason than because Kaufman - I am absolutely convinced of this - really DID think of Tony Clifton as a whole different person. Not in the "multiple personality" way either. Kaufman was always aware that Clifton was his own creation. He just went all out... many will say WAY too far out... in giving Clifton a life of his own. And he did it so *well* that Tony Clifton was - and to this day remains - the biggest reason why a lot of people are convinced that Andy Kaufman faked his own death (and perhaps is still alive even now).

Andy Kaufman was just a different sort of comic. Not the "stand up comedian" but instead, only what he always insisted he was: a "song and dance man".

'Sides, c'mon bro, you gotta admit: his wrestling stuff with Jerry Lawler was pure comic gold!! :-)