Thursday, December 20, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Andy Kaufman and his 1976 "Old Macdonald" Shtick


When it came to off-beat bizarre comedy, Andy Kaufman was king. His comedy was always an enigma from the time that he first appeared on the stage.

He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, calling himself a performance artist. 

In a rare introspective interview, he said "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."

And entertain he did. We remember him most for his debut performance on Saturday Night Live with the Mighty Mouse song (Here I come to save the day...), his Elvis Presley impersonations, and his role as Latka, the unspecified European man on the Taxi sitcom.

On this Throwback Thursday we're going back 42 years to 1986, when Andy sauntered onto  the stage on Van Dyke and Company sporting a cowboy hat and led four unsuspecting audience volunteers in a hilarious pantomime of Old Macdonald Had a Farm.

Enjoy!

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