The first ever Andy Kaufman album will be released on July 16, Bill Hader featured as narrator

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Although Andy Kaufman accomplished a lot in the 35 years he spent on this planet — including now iconic roles on Taxi and Saturday Night Live — the one thing he didn’t leave behind was a proper comedy album. But that will change on July 16, when Chicago indie music label Drag City releases Andy and His Grandmother, a collection of Andy’s bits culled from 82 hours of material recorded between 1977 and 1979. According to Drag City:

Andy regarded the micro-tape recorder as a fantastic new way of capturing his hoaxing, and carried it with him everywhere, for use at any given moment. Real life was the ultimate frontier for him, and these tapes demonstrate the heart of Andy’s comedy. With gusto, he involves those closest to him, as well as total strangers, in put-ons, falsehoods and other provocations, pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations from the trivial to the deeply personal until any suspension of disbelief is out of the question for all involved, and everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality.

In an effort to create a cohesive listening experience the record label called in producer Vernon Chatman (South Park, Wonder Showzen, The Heart She Holler) and editor Rodney Ascher. “Along the way, Vernon produced several tracks, adding effects to pieces that were clearly unfinished,” according to a statement from Drag City. And get this: Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader performs narration throughout the 17 tracks. The album will also include liner notes written by Vernon and Bob Zmuda, producer and Kaufman’s friend, who became a celebrity, himself, after it was revealed would portray Tony Clifton (one of Kaufman’s most famous characters) after Kaufman died in 1984. Check out the full track listing below!

3301. Andy Is Making A Record
2. Andy And His Grandmother
3. Andy’s Land Live
4. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
5. Slice Of Life
6. Andy Goes To the Movies
7. Kick In the Pants
8. Andy Can Talk to Animals
9. I’m Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
10. Hookers
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy’s English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes

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  • KarenT786

    Andy Kaufman wasn’t particularly funny without a the use of a lot of recreational drugs. The fact that the material doesn’t stand on it’s own and requires a narrator attests to this fact. His role on Taxi was a pretty one dimensional character with a funny voice. Compared to the other cast members Christopher Lloyd, Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner and even Tony Danza he was out classed by their range and acting abilities. Carol Kane was able to set in in season five with a female version of Andy’s character and frankly do a better job. Let’s not build him up as an icon simply because he died early.

    • steve

      If you’re judging Kaufman based off the character he played in Taxi (The thing he hated the most) youre not looking at the right things. Kaufman was the first artist to make being the bad guy his art. Look into his inter-gender wrestling championship, his fake fights, his SNL appearances, his college tours where he antagonized his Taxi fan base. Judging Kaufman by Taxi is like Judging Hunter S. Thompson by his early sports columns.

    • Ehhhhs

      This is one of the dumber things I’ve ever seen written on a comedy site.