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revealed that the woman introduced as daughter Kaufman was actually an actress named Alexandra Tatarsky (whose theater bio states that her work is inspired by “Russian absurdism”). The stunt evoked a Kaufman-esque mixture of confusion, skepticism, and credulity.
But Kaufman himself would have probably done it better. I’m not from down here in men-fus ten-uh-see, okay?
My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can." After working in small comedy clubs in the early 1970s, Kaufman came to the attention of a wider audience in 1975, when he was invited to perform portions of his act on the first season of Saturday Night Live.His Foreign Man character was the basis of his performance as Latka Gravas on the hit television show Taxi from 1978 until 1983.During this time, he continued to tour comedy clubs and theaters in a series of unique performance art / comedy shows, sometimes appearing as himself and sometimes as obnoxiously rude lounge singer Tony Clifton.In 1982, Kaufman brought his professional wrestling villain act to Letterman's show by way of a staged encounter with Jerry "The King" Lawler of the Continental Wrestling Association (although the fact that the altercation was planned in advance was not publicly disclosed for over a decade).Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984, at the age of 35.
Kaufman was born on January 17, 1949, in New York City, the oldest of three children.