April 26, 1979, Andy Kaufman performed for a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall, who were welcomed to their seat by a "press kit" containing a bag of jelly beans, a program and flier for the show, and other copied material
, supposedly put together by Andy's mother. The show starting off with an impersonation of Tony Clifton
and ending by taking the audience of 2,800 out for milk and cookies
. About 10 months later on February 20, 1981, Kaufman hosted an episode of Fridays
, ABC's attempt to duplicate the success of NBC's Saturday Night Live
. Instead of performing the show as rehearsed, he took the entire cast and crew, the studio audience and a nation of television viewers hostage
. Video links and more details inside.
The Carnegie Hall show is available on YT in 10 parts: part 1
, part 2
, part 3
, part 4
, part 5
, part 6
, part 7
, part 8
, part 9
, and part 10
Though the Carnegie Hall show was the only performance that ever saw Kaufman using openly political material
, the Star Spangled Banner segment in the video focuses on Kaufman as Clifton, omitting any images of bombs exploding or Nazis marching.
If you're looking for the New York School of Printing where the Carnegie Hall audience was seated in kindergarten chairs and given milk and cookies
, head for the High School of Graphic Communication Arts
, as the school is now known.
The infamous episode of Fridays
was discussed previously
, but the one video clip in the FPP is no longer online. More recently, some fine fan has put up the Andy Kaufmen segments of that episode of Fridays
online (part 1
, part 2
), though the video occasionally includes text banners providing a bit more info and some personal thoughts on the clips. The marijuana / fight clip is also hosted on Funny Or Die
in slightly higher quality, but with potentially NSFW video thumbnails around this video, so I also offer up the same video on VideoSurf
, with a more professional white background and a lower potential for NSFW images.