Andy Kaufman Comedy Album to Be Issued by Drag City

BY Gregory AdamsPublished May 9, 2013

While primarily known as a hub for indie rock, Drag City has dabbled in the comedy world via a series of releases from "America's Funnyman" Neil Hamburger, among other artists. Now, the imprint will set its sights on another comedy great, the late Andy Kaufman, when the label issues the performer's first-ever LP Andy and His Grandmother.

A press release notes that the set, which Drag City sends to retailers July 16, was compiled by sifting through 82 hours of unreleased material Kaufman had recorded onto micro-cassette between 1977 and 1979. The well-noted hoaxer apparently used the micro-recorder to talk to friends and total strangers, and the results had him "pushing the limit on logic and emotional investment in everyday situations."

Some of the set-ups include titles like "Andy Goes to the Movies" and "Andy Goes for a Taxi Ride." According to the press release, "everyone becomes fully immersed in whatever scenario Andy is suggesting as the new reality."

The collection was woven together by comedian Vernon Chatman with editor Rodney Ascher. Chatman, who also released the Final Flesh DVD on Drag City, came up with the concept of the LP, and added effects to pieces that remained unfinished, including "Sleep Comedy." On top of his additions, Chatham drafted SNL actor Bill Hader to provide narration throughout the LP's journey.

Both Chatham and Kaufman's friend and collaborator Bob Zmuda supplied liner notes for Andy and His Grandmother. You can see the tracklisting down below.

Andy and His Grandmother:

1. Andy Is Making A Record
2. Andy And His Grandmother
3. Andy's Land Live
4. Andy Loves His Tape Recorder
5. Slice Of Life
6. Andy Goes To the Movies
7. Kick In the Pants
8. Andy Can Talk to Animals
9. I'm Not Capable Of Having A Relationship
10. Hookers
11. Andy And His Grandmother Go For A Drive
12. Sleep Comedy
13. [HONK] vs. [DOG] A
14. [HONK] vs. [DOG] B
15. Andy Goes For A Taxi Ride
16. Andy's English Friend Paul
17. I Want Those Tapes

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