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Andy Kaufman


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Birth Name: Andy Kaufman
Born: 01/17/1949
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 05/16/1984

Born on Jan. 17, 1949 in New York City, Kaufman was raised in the affluent Long Island suburb of Great Neck by his father, Stanley, a costume jeweler, and his mother, Janice. He began performing at nine years old, doing jokes and magic tricks for family and friends while entertaining kids at parties. At 13, Kaufman auditioned at Budd Friedman's IMPROVisation Comedy Club in New York City and bombed. But after attending Grahm Junior College in Boston, where he hosted "Uncle Andy's Fun House" on the school's closed-circuit television station, Kaufman reconnected with Friedman while working at a Long Island rock club. He began doing stand-up for Friedman's clubs in both New York and Los Angeles,...

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