Comedian Andy Kaufman & professional wrestler Classy Freddie Blassie eat breakfast & discuss life.
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Andy Kaufman's ridiculous parody of "My Dinner With Andre" sets Andy Kaufman, playing himself, at an early-morning breakfast with former wrestling champion Fred Blassie. Andy and Fred discuss wrestling (Andy's success with wrestling women is discussed at length), then change the topic to techniques for keeping your hands clean, why not to eat pancakes or waffles, giving autographs to fans, and other topics not nearly as intellectual as the ones discussed in My Dinner With Andre. As with much of Andy Kaufman's work, My Breakfast with Blassie is extremely self-deprecating, showing Kaufman as being timid yet egotistical, using his role as Latka on Taxi as a way of trying to impress people. The video explores the egotism that develops with stardom, as well as the desire to lead a private life: the double-edged sword of being a recognizable celebrity. Written by David Eschatfische <esch@fische.com>

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It's Comedy Meets Wrestling With A Side Order Of Bacon!

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Sambo's was an actual restaurant chain which lived out its life in the early to mid-1980s. Midway through the chain's history, its inexcusably objectionable name was abbreviated, and Sambo's became Sam's. See more »

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really just an over-extended skit
13 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The formula 'comedy equals tragedy plus time' might well have been amplified, for the late Andy Kaufman, to: 'comedy equals tragedy plus time plus someone pulling long, unidentifiable objects from his nose'. When he died of cancer in 1984 Kaufman left behind this enigmatic, no-budget parody of Louis Malle's 'My Dinner With Andre', showing the ersatz comedian joining wrestling champ Fred Blassie for an early morning meal at a local Sambo's. Most of their conversation is mundane, unscripted chatter about the menu, professional wrestling, personal hygiene, artificial mucous, and the shortcomings of women (sexism was a popular Kaufman pose). Later he tries to pick up a girl sitting at a nearby table, but the highlight of the video has to be when a stranger casually pukes all over them. The cheap VHS format makes the encounter seem genuine, but make no mistake: it's all another Kaufman hoax, and like most of his radical anti-comedy it's an acquired taste, to say the least. At one point the sound dropped out during the preview screening I attended (at San Francisco's Roxie Theater, back in 1991), leaving the audience to wonder if the glitch was deliberate.


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