The big mystery about Andy Kaufman's work is in trying to figure out what's serious, what's an act, why he is doing what he's doing, and whether he even knows the differences himself. His performances are among those rare ... more »examples where you feel extremely uncomfortable watching them, but at the same time you can't pull yourself away because it's hysterical in a twisted and bizarre sort of way. Andy Kaufman's Midnight Special is an episode of Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special, hosted by Wolfman Jack, which aired on January 23, 1981. Even though this was filmed a few years before Kaufman's premature death in 1984, it's a retrospective of his work. Many of his better known characters and routines are featured, including "The Foreign Guy," Tony Clifton, "Ladies Wrestling," the ventriloquist act, and of course, Elvis. The highlight of this video is interview footage of Andy "explaining" his work. Is it real or an act? Was he a comic genius or an utter madman running loose on a TV stage? We may never know. --Rob Bracco« less
"A must-have for Andy fans (and sure to freak-out anyone who's not familiar w/ him...) His Elvis impression is still awesome...if you've ever seen "This is Elvis" or any Elvis concert footage, you'll see how uncanny Andy's version is, with the stage banter and the karate moves...See Andy wrestle two hooker-ish women (very daring for network TV!) They should have made Andy permanent host after this episode."
Eye opening for new fans
C. Manson | 12/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I became a fan of Andy Kaufman when I saw Man on the Moon. I had seen him only on Taxi, and I really didn't know much about him at all. I saw MOTM the first day it came out, having heard about Andy. I'm only 15 years old, you can't blame me for not knowing much about him. In any case, it was a great show! I really was surprised that Carrey seemed somehow rougher and stranger in ways than Kaufman himself. To me, Kaufman was a genious, but at the same time was still the little boy who played his shows to the wall. The video was a nice display of his talents, it had Latka(or the foreign man), Elvis, Howdy Doody, and plenty of bongos. The only complaint I could possibly make was that there was more of Slim and that other guy than there was Andy. Oh, almost forgot that I loved Tony Clifton! He is so funny! Sorry if I didn't help."
A Good Look at a Comic Genius
Melissa Brown | 02/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've seen Man on the Moon and want to see some real Andy Kaufman, this is the video. It's Andy guest hosting a variety type show. Most of his comic performances are covered. Foreign man, Elvis, Tony Clifton, Latka on Taxi, Andy playing Bongo drums, Andy busing tables, and an hilarious ventriliquist act with Howdy Doody and Little Red Riding Hood. There are interview segments intertwined with the skits and two musical guests Freddy Cannon and Slim Whitman (watch Andy as Slim sings, er lip syncs his song). It's well worth the price for a peek into the highly crazy and complicated world of Andy Kaufman."
Andy's Greatest Hits
C. Manson | Destin, FL United States | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This sensational DVD, culled from a TV show I have cloudy memories of from my youth, presents Andy Kaufman in a way that surpasses the Milos Forman biopic (not to denigrate Jim Carrey's outstanding performance) and the A&E Biography. You get it all here, and it's mostly hilarious. Best of all is Mr. Kaufman's dead-on Elvis impersonation...his choice of songs is impeccable--"Too Much" is an Elvis hit that Mr. Presley seldom performed live. Great introduction (or reintroduction?) to this fascinating character."
What a surprise....
3dgeek | USA | 06/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this on a whim, not sure if it would be good or not, and it turned out to be very good! Wide range of bits spanning Andy's heyday. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for Slim Whitman's cheesy lip-synch attempt. I could have done without that."