Box Brown returns to the subject that ave him his breakthrough in Andre the Giant Life and Legend wrestling in Is This Guy For Real And it s for real a decent biographical comic on the Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions great comic Andy Kaufman mostly focused on Andy s wrestling What little I know about Kaufman outside of his comedy is thanks to the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon though Brown s book doesn t really add much to that so Iuess it was a pretty thorough biopic I did find out though that Andy s wrestling costume was designed purely to hide his boners as his fetish was wrestling women and he didn t want to show his arousal in public That and a better understanding of his beautiful Buddhist beliefs are the two main things I ll take away from this book The book asks the uestion why would such a entle sweet uy create characters who were so intentionally obnoxious and calculated to be hated by the audience like the misogynistic wrestler and Tony Clifton the drunk lounge act Brown s answer seems to point towards Kaufman s love of wrestling and its then secretive nature of kayfabe pretending wrestling was real instead of scripted Except the premise is really only set up
the book s blurb and if you didn t bother reading that and I usually don t I read it this time as I wondered what the point of the book was beyond the obvious I can t imagine the story s purpose will be at all understandable And that s really my only major critiue of this book that Box Brown didn t clearly establish what he was trying to achieve within the book itself nor did he firmly answer it Taken at face value it s a truncated but fine bio of Kaufman from his regular خداوند الموت: حسن صباح guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and the sitcom Taxi to his Buddhist values though mainly the focus is on his love of wrestling Much of the book is about his kayfabe rivalry with Jerry The King Lawler and their public spats the two were actually close friends in real life And it s kinda interesting Kaufman s jokes particularly his ridiculous taunting of women still make me laugh but doesn t make for a terriblyripping narrative Wrestling fans or Kaufman fans wanting to find out on his wrestling antics will et the most out of this one I m neither but I still thought Is This Guy For Real was a fairly entertaining and informative read about a true comedy original I somehow had no idea that this book existed a fairly entertaining and informative read about a true comedy original I somehow had no idea that this book existed I found it on display in my local library I also didn t know until then that I needed to read an illustrated biography of Andy Kaufman Which is funny because I only et Kaufman maybe half the time although I think very few people Hunter Kiss got him all of the time I watched Taxi with my parents and we all liked Latka as long as he was a minor character the later Latka centric episodes not so much The Mighty Mouse bit was funnythe first time I didn tet the Elvis thing probably because I didn t Doctor Sleep get Elvis or the Tony Clifton act And like most of his fans his manager and his family I did NOT understand the wrestling fixation that occupied his final years Nevertheless a friend of mine and I obsessively watched and rewatched his documentary My Breakfast with Blassie and the Letterman appearance he made with Jerry Lawler was must see TV I ve viewed that clip so many times and it never fails to entertainYou can watch that Letterman appearance here Also Dave s face in thatif is eve. Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi a high profile stand up career and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person.in the book
Box Brown Þ 6 Free readLy into professional wrestling so when he went to Memphis in wrestling arenas to disdain southern hick culture I thought I Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure got that I had studied Lenny Bruce as a comedian who would move from political humor to anger hey is this comedy but I couldn t uite fully tolerate whatever point Kauffman was making as he worked to actuallyet audiences to hate him Was he seriously unbalanced When I heard he died of cancer at 35 I like many people thought it was one of his put onsBox Brown in this very sympathetic comics biography helps us appreciate Kauffman as a basically Mythological Beasts Turned Me Gay: Three Book Collection: (Mythology Erotica) gooduy okay there s some exceptions for balance some of them based in Las Vegas who was a brilliant comic innovator and in the process I was both informed and convinced Brown did another biography about pro wrestling about Andre the Giant which I also liked very much but this is even better deeply researched I think this is his best work so farAndy as Elvis as Latka wrestling the ladies David Letterman Show appearance on Saturday Night Live wrestling the ladies David Letterman Show appearance on Saturday Night Live that is featured in Box s book E M Man on the Moon Once again Box Brown takes on the life story of another celebrityand as with his Andre the Giant book this topic also involves wrestling And while I enjoyed that earlier This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World graphic bio and thought it was well done I eagerly awaited and consumed this look at Andy Kaufman I ve been intrigued by Kaufman for years His brand of comedy off beat confrontational and provocative is right up my alley His ability to push the boundaries or to cross them is what made him stand out as an entertainer You never knew where he was so to speak and that made him both successful and a pariah s bio captures aood part of his life although obviously much is left Another thing that I m thankful for in
terms of this book is that it s caused me to revisit many of Kaufman s oldof this book is that it s caused me to revisit many of Kaufman s old on various talk shows and his own specials such as the one on from 19771979 and the PBS one in 1983 Fascinating Andy Kaufman was one of the funniest people in modern show biz Like his contemporary John Belushi Kaufman only had to step on stage in one of his hilarious personas and he d crack you up Kaufman death at 35was shocking It wasn t drugs or alcohol No cancer came out of nowhere and ripped his lungs out for no Scouts good reason Box Brown for see the format of araphic novel to chronicle Kaufman s life and it is surprisingly successful in ways this format often isn t It fleshes out Kaufman s bizarro fascination with professional wrestling something many of us watched as kids in the late Seventies And Kaufman s hero worship of the King himself Elvis And takes us through Kaufman s semi erotic fascination with wrestling women Can a The Organ Grinders graphic novelive you a real biography that ives you all facets of an amazing personality Box Brown did it here And you et a real sense of how no one seemed to know when Kaufman was in persona or not Going in to this I really didn t know much about Andy Kaufman apart from his reputation as a stand up comedian I am not sure I know a ton about him now but I certainly have a better idea of his impact on the world of wrestling Brown depicts Kaufman through the lens of his wrestling endeavors than through focus on his comedy or his stint on Taxi and this techniue works to capture him in a uniue compelling way Fun fast read and I learned stuff I didn t know. G the hatred of his audience What drives a performer to solicit that reaction With the same nuance and sympathy with which he approached Andre the Giant in his 2014 biography raphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufma. .
RythingI wasn t even positive until I saw the Jim Carrey biopic that this was a setup and Lawler and Kaufman were ood friends This book tells Kaufman s biography largely as that of a wrestling fan and if I had been a wrestling fan myself maybe I would have understood that Kaufman was playing the heel a role he had loved since he was a kid watching Nature Boy Buddy Rogers in Teaneck That is what he was doing as a wrestler well that
and something else We ll et to that trust and that issomething else We ll et to that trust and that is he was doing when he performed as his alter ego obnoxious lounge singer Tony CliftonThe author Box Brown does et that and this is largely the story of two kids named Jerry and Andy who rew up as devoted wrestling fans in Tennessee and Long Island respectively Some other parts of Andy s career are touched on but this isn t a regurgitation of Man in the Moon either This is largely about Kaufman s friendship with Lawler his fascination with the sport andhow Kaufman ot aroused watching women wrestle in their skivvies he ot started on this hobby after he heard that Elvis was into it and how the idea for his elaborate wrestling costume that he later wore to wrestle female volunteers a baggy pair of shorts over baggy long johns was to hide his erections I told you we d The Second Cure get to the other reason Kaufman wrestled so caveat emptorSome aspects of Kaufman s life that you may be familiar with from the aforementioned Jim Carrey film are barely touched on at all his time on Taxi his devotion to Transcendental Meditation hisirlfriend Lynn Margulies or the time he spent fighting cancer before his shocking death at 35 Which many people to this day continue to think he faked The cast of Taxi Didn T Even Attend The t even attend the sure it was an elaborate joke The artwork weirdly was highly reminiscent of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Comedian
And Performer Andy Kaufmanperformer Andy Kaufman resume was impressive a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi a high profile stand up career and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person he s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in This one was a Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities great read I m a huge fan of Box Brown and I ve read his Tetris book Andre the Giant book several comics pieces in anthologies and a bunch of Retrofit titles from his micropress He does uality workWhat I liked about this book was the well researched forays into the world of professional wresting Andy Kaufman was a talented comedian actor Taxi performer Elvis impersonator and his time spent in the wrestling ring seemed to be the pinnacle of all of these talentsWell wri A solid book aood look at a portion of Kaufman s life that s less discussed and considered Box Brown does a really nice job with this kind of material I may never have fully appreciated Andy Kauffman though this was especially true of his later work when he was wrestling women and saying demeaning things about them though this could indeed have been a commentary on machismo wrestling culture I was never sure I loved as his mother did his Elvis impersonations At the risk of sounding hopelessly conventional I very much liked his role of Latka on Taxi I never knew at the time that he was serious. He’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken inWhy would someone so The Sorcerer's Apprentice gentle natured and sensitive build an entire career seekin.