Andy Kaufman is the second beloved dead comedian to have a new project announced this week. Following Tuesday’s news of an animated film based on a rare Phil Hartman recording, record label Drag City announced yesterday that they’ll be releasing a comedy album called Andy and His Grandmother, which is assembled from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes Andy Kaufman recorded between 1977 and 1979. From the 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.
As if that doesn’t already sound appealing enough, the project was produced by PFFR’s Vernon Chatman (Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, Louie), who added effects to unfinished tracks, and Bill Hader will be providing narration throughout the album. Kaufman’s comedy partner Bob Zmuda will be writing the liner notes. Drag City is set to release Andy and His Grandmother, which is Kaufman’s first and (presumably) only comedy album, on July 16th. See below for a track listing and full-sized image of the album cover:
Andy and His Grandmother tracklist:01. Andy Is Making A Record02. Andy And His Grandmother03. Andy’s Land Live04. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder05. Slice Of Life06. Andy Goes To the Movies07. Kick In the Pants08. Andy Can Talk to Animals09. I’m Not Capable Of Having A Relationship10. Hookers11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive12. Sleep Comedy13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride16. Andy’s English Friend Paul17. I Want Those Tapes