Story Time With Andy Kaufman
For some reason, I love awkward humor. It’s one of my favorite styles of comedy.
Steve Carrell as Michael Scott on The Office was the perfect brand of awkward humor. And though I wasn’t around when Andy Kaufman was famous, the more I learn about him the more I appreciate his style of humor.
One commenter (and sorry, I’ve searched my blog trying to find your comment but I can’t seem to locate it) recently told me about a classic Andy Kauffman joke. Kaufmann was famously known for his “Mighty Mouse” skit, which was awkward enough, but he took it to a new level when he chose to read The Great Gatsby in front of a live audience. Why? Just to piss ’em off, I guess.
In the video, you hear Kaufman getting heckled and yelled out. It’s awesome. The audience was expecting the Mighty Mouse schtick, but when he begins reading from Chapter 1 of Gatsby, you can tell they aren’t too sure what’s up.
Finally, he appears to relent, and puts down the book. Turns on the record player like he’s about to begin the Mighty Mouse song—only the record player is now playing a recording of him reading Gatsby, right from where he left off.
I love this. This is obviously more about Andy Kauffman than Gatsby, but I still had to share. I can’t seem to embed the video, so go here if you’d like to watch the whole thing. Or, if you’d like to see Jim Carrey’s take on the Gatsby reading in Man On The Moon, go here for that.