Andy Kaufman Revealed! by Bob Zmuda
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Best known for his sweet-natured character Latka on Taxi, Andy Kaufman was the most influential comic of the generation that produced David Letterman, John Belushi, and Robin Williams. A regular on the early days of Saturday Night Live (where he regularly disrupted planned skits), Kaufman quickly became known for his idiosyncratic roles and for performances that crossed the boundaries of comedy, challenging expectations and shocking audiences. Kaufman's death from lung cancer at age 35 (he'd never smoked) stunned his fans and the comic community that had come to look to him as its lightning rod and standard bearer.

Bob Zmuda -- Kaufman's closest friend, producer, writer, and straight man -- breaks his twenty-year silence about Kaufman and unmasks the man he knew better than anyone. He chronicles Kaufman's meteoric rise, the development of his extraordinary personas, the private man behind the driven actor and comedian, and answers the question most often asked: Did Andy Kaufman fake his own death?

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Bob Zmuda was Andy Kaufman's creative producer, writer, straight man, & closest friend. He is the Emmy & ACE Award-winning creator & Executive Producer of HBO's "Comic Relief" telecasts, hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, & Robin Williams. He was coexecutive producer of the Andy Kaufman biopic, "Man on the Moon", directed by Milos Forman & starring Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Paul Giamatti, & Courtney Love.
Published January 4, 2000 by Little, Brown and Company. 348 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Andy Kaufman was, by all accounts, a difficult person to get to know, and had he not been, it's hard to imagine his comedy working half as well.

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If you've seen footage of Kaufman performing, you've probably seen Zmuda as well—he's usually the beleaguered stagehand or audience volunteer Kaufman berates to the point of tears or rage.

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