Los Angeles, CA
I never knew a thing about Andy Kaufman until I saw Man on the Moon. After seeing that movie, then asking my parents about Taxi, I got the impression that Kaufman was of a genius thread of comedic personalities, just not the type that everyone wants to recognize. I often think that there are people who are funny at the immediate moment, but that is all. This, for me, is an accomplishment as I am not pointedly funny. However, Kaufman's humor, as I understand it, was a lasting sort. It was almost as if he was the novel of comedy that one has to take in, where everyone else, or at least those who are immediately funny, are just the pulp fiction of comedy. The movie, and my subsequent learnings, cause me to believe that he did some pretty wild but admirably humorous things in his life. I wish I had more fisthand knowledge of him though. Definitely a comedic genius in my mind.