First biography of the comedian Andy Kaufman, soon to be played by Jim Carrey in Milos Forman's new film Man On The Moon. In the 1970s a handful of young American comedians revolutionised US comedy. At the forefront was Andy Kaufman. From his debut on Saturday Night Live, lip-synching Mighty Mouse's cry of Here I come to save the day! , to his role as Latka on the sitcom Taxi, Andy was breaking new ground, and hiding a vastly darker side.Whether creating an alter-ego - lounge lizard Tony Clifton - or wrestling women, whatever the gag was, Andy Kaufman was living it. Part performance artist and part prankster, Kaufman lived his life as a relentless performance, and he inspired, and enraged those around him in equal measure. So when he was diagsed as having cancer at 34, hardly anyone believed him, t even when they saw his body in the coffin...With the full cooperation of Kaufman's family, friends and colleagues, this is a trip into the dark side of a comic genius.
Bill Zehme is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin'. His celebrity profiles have appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone and Playboy, among others. He lives in Chicago.