Andy Kaufman

American entertainer (1949–1984)

Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman (January 17, 1949May 16, 1984) was a popular and eccentric American entertainer, actor, and performance artist.


  • I am not a comic, I have never told a joke...The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him...My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can....They say, 'Oh wow, Andy Kaufman, he's a really funny guy.' But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."

Quotes about Kaufman

Kaufman was an early Elvis impersonator and his affection for the King was referenced in the R.E.M. song "Man on the Moon"
  • Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
    Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
    Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby.
    Are we losing touch?
  • I'm tossing up punchlines that were never there...
    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
    I'm looking for answers from the great beyond.

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