The rich and diverse comedy of the late and great Andy Kaufman returns this summer with Andy and His Grandmother. Billed as Kaufman’s first-ever comedy record, the posthumous release collects unreleased material culled from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes that Kaufman recorded throughout 1977-79. It will be released on July 16th through Drag City Records.
According to a press release:
Andy regarded the micro-tape recorder as a fantastic new way of capturing his hoaxing, and carried it with him everywhere, for use at any given moment. Real life was the ultimate frontier for him, and these tapes demonstrate the heart of Andy’s comedy. With gusto, he involves those closest to him, as well as total strangers, in put-ons, falsehoods and other provocations, pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations from the trivial to the deeply personal until any suspension of disbelief is out of the question for all involved, and everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality.
To piece together the release, Drag City turned to writer, producer, and comedian Vernon Chatman who worked through the tapes alongside editor Rodney Ascher to “come up with a concept for a single LP that would include several dozen excerpts.” What’s more, they even tagged Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader to provide narration and Kaufman cohort Bob Zmuda to pen liner notes. Consult the full tracklist below.
Andy and His Grandmother Tracklist:
01. Andy Is Making A Record
02. Andy And His Grandmother
03. Andy’s Land Live
04. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
05. Slice Of Life
06. Andy Goes To the Movies
07. Kick In the Pants
08. Andy Can Talk to Animals
09. I’m Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy’s English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes