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Andy Kaufman Revealed!: Best Friend Tells All Kindle Edition
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Judging by Bob Zmuda's book (released in anticipation of a biographical movie starring Jim Carrey), Kaufman wasn't the easiest guy to be a best friend to. But, as Zmuda tells things, he rose to the challenge--letting Kaufman confide that he had a daughter he'd never seen, keeping his mouth shut at the appropriate times, and otherwise fulfilling best-friend duties with aplomb. Andy Kaufman got the friend he deserved in his lifetime, but this is not the biography he deserves; it is written in a well-meaning though hackneyed and hard-to-digest style. Simple points are made again and again, as if the two(!) authors were attempting to fuse a poorly-written college essay with a USA Today article. And Mr. Zmuda makes the mistake of assuming that his own history will be of much interest to the reader, who is ostensibly reading a tell-all about Kaufman, not his best friend. There are tremendous anecdotes here; about half the book is filled with glorious tales of artful mischief, hijinks, pranks, and funny stuff that Zmuda and Kaufman pulled on friends, crowds, and strangers. Fans will undoubtedly want to pick this one up, while those with a more casual interest are cautioned to perhaps look elsewhere for a less clumsily written tome. --Mike McGonigal --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000UUMHK6
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (January 4, 2000)
- Publication date : January 4, 2000
- Language : English
- File size : 4486 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,106 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As a child, I was doing things like Kaufman did before I even knew of him. It was until a little later in my childhood that I saw him on television and realized that I wasn't as weird as I thought, after all. Here was a like-spirit. A man who entertained himself and those who got the magic. Zmuda reveals some of the tricks of their trade (he was Kaufman's friend, writer and business partner), and instead of that taking away some of the allure, it actually adds to it.
If you are a fan of Kaufman, comedy or pranks, you need to read this book. Zmuda has written something as accessible as it is funny, and when you get to the end, you may actually find yourself choking up a bit. Not because of Kaufman's death, but because of what the world lost. Some people will never understand or like him, but for those who did, they understand that kind of magic is gone ... and will probably never be seen again.
This book is like a deep dive of all the backstage stuff that you never knew about Andy and his act and the method of his madness. It is one of the most unbelievable books you will ever read. You will laugh , you will gasp and you might even shed a tear.
I gave this book 5 stars because I am a huge comedy nerd and this is almost like a bible for comedy nerds.
Andy was clearly a strange guy marching to a different drummer. It's a fascinating life and worth the read. Zmuda and Kaufman were clearly funnier off screen than on.
Previous interviewers were negative on Zmuda talking about himself and this created some trepidation on my part. That was not warranted as he didn't overly talk about himself and frankly, his life is also interesting. The final chapters dealing with death show Zmuda's personal growth and maybe his final maturity to a real adult.
I encourage this book for entertainment, particularly if you enjoy Satuday Night Live, Rodney Dangerfield, Jim Carrey or Robin Williams. These men were peers and influences in Andy's life or he in their's. If you get the chance to see the two Andy Kaufman specials which run on Comedy Central, Comedy and Wrestling, make a point to watch. They serve as a great visual background to this book.
But it's not, and I find myself more scanning the book for Andy parts than actually reading it. Zmuda is, dare I say, just feeding off his best friend's success, trying to make us feel that he was truly an integral part of Andy's genius. I woulda believed that before reading the book...but now, well, now I'm completely indifferent. Zmuda's writing is like listening to a long-winded bore at some party you don't really want to be at.
In true Kaufman fashion, however, Zmuda has the last laugh. For, no matter how good or bad this book might be, regardless, Bob's got my money.
Andy would be proud.
"...Revealed!" is a great memoir from Andy's closest collaborator, Bob Zmuda's anecdotes are incredibly entertaining. The thing is though they are just anecdotes, a collection of stories, this is not a flowing narrative, it's just fun. You really could open up to any page and be entertained.
When it comes to Andy's life before he met up with Bob, it's a lot of "Andy told me this..." , they are second hand stories. That's why "Lost In The Fun House" is so essential to get the full story of Andy's life (as much as it can be collected or believed).
Buy this book, it's great!
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I can't stress to you how much I've enjoyed this read.