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By Florian Keller

When Andy Kaufman succumbed all at once to lung melanoma in 1984, a few of his lovers believed that his demise was once another complex prank. Over the former decade, Kaufman had accomplished unbelievable reputation for his strange antiperformances—lip-synching the effective Mouse subject matter music, studying The nice Gatsby aloud in its entirety whilst humans anticipated comedy, asking viewers contributors to the touch a boil on his neck—that at a loss for words, frustrated, or indignant his viewers. 

In Andy Kaufman, Florian Keller explores Kaufman’s occupation inside of a broader dialogue of the ideology of the yank Dream. Taking as his place to begin the 1999 biopic Man at the Moon, Keller brilliantly decodes Kaufman in a manner that makes it attainable to understand his radical time table past avant-garde theories of transgression. As an entertainer, Kaufman submerged his id underneath a multiplicity of personas, enacting the yank trust that the self can and may be eternally remade for the sake of happiness and good fortune. He did this so carefully and constantly, Keller argues, that he uncovered the inner contradictions of America’s ideology of self-invention. 

Keller posits that Kaufman provided a significantly different—and maybe extra potent—logic of cultural feedback than did extra brazenly political comedians corresponding to Lenny Bruce. providing shut readings of Kaufman’s most vital performances, Keller exhibits how Kaufman mounted—for the good thing about a frequently uncomprehending public—a sustained and memorable critique of America’s obsession with star and individualism. 

Florian Keller is a fellow on the Institute of Cultural experiences, university of artwork and layout, collage of technologies and humanities, Zurich.

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