Andy Kaufman’s alter ego Tony Clifton releases concert film; watch the trailer

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Tony CliftonAndy Kaufman’s hilarious, but notorious alter-ego, sleazy lounge singer opener Tony Clifton is back with his very own concert film. Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip filmed last May at the world famous Comedy Store that was both shocked and amazed as audiences first were when he was part of Kaufman’s act.

Making comedian Neil Hamburger, who recently made headlines by waging war with vitriolic Britney Spears fans over Twitter, seem quite tame, Clifton, in this concert film, is now in the spotlight (though its kept in secret whose playing him with no current IMDB page to verify) along with a full band, hot young, dangerous burlesque dancers, puppets, and, of course, plenty of insults directed toward the audience.

He takes the formula of being “so bad/weird, it becomes hilarious” to the extreme and is thus often described as grotesque, mesmerizing, and, according to the Onion’s A.V. Club, an “emissary of the ninth circle of show-biz hell.”

Tony Clifton: Live on the Sunset Strip is having it’s first sneak preview screening at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles on April 14, co-presented by the Comedy Store and will hopefully find its way into more theaters soon.

Check out the trailer below!

Check out Punchline Magazine‘s interview with Tony Clifton from May 2010.

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