As doing research for an Oral Communications project I've been balls-deep into Andy Kaufman material. As much as I thought I knew already about my idol, I was surprised to find out some things about his life that I was completely unaware of. Here are some maybe previously unknown or uncommon Andy facts.
1. Andy never brushed his teeth on Sunday.
Andy Kaufman would sometimes spend hours in the bathroom getting ready for the day, and he would often only use a toothbrush once before throwing it away but on Sunday he chose the stank mouth.
|cereal on Saturday means stank on Sunday|
2. Andy had a daughter.
Her name is Maria Colonna and Andy had her when he was 20. At the time his girlfriend was 17 and they gave her up for adoption since neither of them wanted to get married. Maria never knew Andy Kaufman was her father until 1992.
3. Foreign Man was created when Andy was mugged in New York City.
This was a story told by Andy (50/50 shot of it being true). He claims that as he was loading his vehicle after a gig and he was stuck up by a mugger in New York City. He thought of foreign man on the fly to maybe confuse the assailant enough to where he would take pity on him and leave him alone. According to Andy a mixture of frustration and pity kept him safe that night from the mugger and his idea for Foreign Man (Latka) was born.
4. Elvis' Favorite Impersonation of himself was Andy Kaufman.
When Andy went to Graceland to pay tribute to his long-time hero. During his trip he broke off from the group with best friend Bob Zmuda and ended up finding a video of Andy doing his Elvis impression in The King's personal video collection. Andy was stunned with joy. So much to where he took a dump on Elvis' infamous death toilet.
5. Micheal Richards was the only one "in" on the Friday's incident.
It was revealed that Micheal Richards was the only one in the entire building that knew what Andy was up to during this staged brawl. He simply stated that he knew people who were convinced that it wasn't real and he wanted to prove them wrong.
|It comes out your butt ... get it?|
9. Andy wore "authentic" Elvis gear for his NBC special.