When I was growing up, Nick@Nite used to air a show called TAXI… and on the show was a character called “Latka Gravas”.. this was my first exposure to Andy Kaufman. I liked Andy as a kid… I liked him as a teen and I still like him today. Funny thing is… I’ve never even understood WHY I like him. He didn’t fit into the boxes the other comedians fit in. He was quite off beat, but yet appealed to me.
I’m not an obsessed fan, I don’t know his birthday, I haven’t seen every bit of footage there is, I just tend to like what i HAVE seen. But today, I was watching a video of Andy on Letterman… and… I think I just realized why I’ve always liked Andy! It’s because his humor is a very extreme version of my own. Or maybe it’s more proper to say, I’m a watered down version of Andy. LoL. I remember a decade ago when I graduated high school, one of my teachers commented on my humor.. that lots of people didn’t get it and I might have a harder time making new friends because of it. I didn’t quite get it then, but I so get it now. Turns out there’s a lot of people who get my humor… but when along comes the person who doesn’t get me or my humor… it’s all kinds of awkward.
Maybe more people get people like me because of Andy though. Or maybe it’s because I’m not nearly as extreme as he was. LoL. Either way. Twas a fun realization, thought I’d share :)