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Andy Kaufman Record Released, Nearly 30 Years After His Death

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Almost 30 years after his death, comedian Andy Kaufman has finally put out his first comedy album.

The star of Taxi and Saturday Night Live died in 1984, but Andy and his Grandmother has just been released by Drag City. The album was compiled from a bunch of mini-discs (remember those?) that were held on to by Kaufman’s former partner for decades. The content on those mini-discs were edited into a record and – voila! – 30 years after his death and 35 years after it was recorded, Andy Kaufman’s first comedy album has finally been released.

To help put the album together, Drag City enlisted writer, producer, and comedian Vernon Chatman (South Park, Wonder Showzen) along with editor Rodney Ascher (Room 237). Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader provides the narration and the album’s liner notes come from Chatman and Kaufman’s sidekick Bob Zmuda.

So why is the album called Andy and His Grandmother? We’ll let Andy explain: “If people buy a record called Andy and His Grandmother, they think, ‘Oh wow, Andy Kaufman made a record with his grandmother. This must be hilarious.’ And they show a picture of me and my grandmother on the cover… And then they put it on, and it’s just a regular conversation. And people are gonna say, ‘What? What is this?’ But I like to do that to people, ya know. It would be like a big practical joke.”

Here’s the track listing:

Andy is Making a Record
Andy and His Grandmother
Andy’s Land Live
Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
Slice of Life
Andy Goes to the Movies
Kick in the Pants
Andy Can Talk to Animals
I’m Not Capable of Having a Relationship
Hookers
Andy and His Grandmother Go For a Drive
Sleep Comedy
[HONK!} vs {DOG] A
[HONK!} vs {DOG] B
Andy Goes for a Taxi Ride
Andy’s English Friend Paul
I Want Those Tapes

Watch Andy Kaufman’s performance on Letterman from June 24, 1980:

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Someone Put Aziz Ansari’s Face on a Bunch of Rap Albums

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There are a lot of geniuses throughout history. There’s Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison and Leonardo DaVinci and Doc Brown (flux capacitors are amazing tech). There’s Nicola Tesla, R. Kelly, Jonas Salk, Galileo, Bobby Fischer, and Marie Curie. Then there’s the person who decided to put Aziz Ansari’s face onto a bunch of rap albums and gift them to the Internet.

As you probably guessed, rap albums are the natural pairing for the Parks and Recreation star. If you don’t believe us, just wait until you see Aziz’s entourage when he makes a guest appearance on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 10/9c. They rival Kanye’s, for sure. The genius who put these albums together has a keen eye. These are a few of our favorites, but you should head to Imgur and check them all out and then we can all start campaigning to get that person a MacArthur Grant.

Images via Imgur.

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Watch Billy Eichner as Taylor Swift in “Glitter And Ribs” a New Video From Funny Or Die

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There are undoubtedly thousands of men, women and children who would love to look like pop songstress Taylor Swift or even sing just one verse of “22” or “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” like her. Well it appears that Billy Eichner, of Billy on the Street fame, has won (okay, taken second place) in the genetic lottery. His impersonation of Taylor Swift for the latest Funny or Die spoof is spot and impeccable and also slightly unseeable. (Really, you’ve been warned: You can’t unsee it, but you also wouldn’t want to.)

Everyone’s going to be humming this catchy tune soon, so you may as well get ahead of the trend and watch now as Billy—er, Taylor—performs a sure-to-be chart-topping new single, “Glitter and Ribs.” which covers Tay-Tay’s usual topics: boys, romance, barbecue and horse hearts.

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