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Cinefamily: Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts!

By Mike Everleth ⋅ November 30, 2009

Marquee of the Silent Movie Theater all lit up

Dec. 3
8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
The Silent Movie Theater
611 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: The Cinefamily

Lynne Margulies presents a night of rare and never-before-seen video starring Andy Kaufman, the legendary comedian and provocateur. There will be recently uncovered footage of Kaufman during his tenure as the “Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World,” video recordings of Kaufman performing stand-up at the LA Improv, plus alleged footage of the exhumation of Andy’s corpse to prove that he is, in fact, dead.

UPDATE: Tony Clifton probably will not show up at this screening. Instead, Bob Zmuda and Little Wendy will both attend the after-screening Q&A.

Marguiles, a professional film editor, producer, director and actress, began dating Andy Kaufman after she helped out on the set of the documentary My Breakfast With Blassie. They were together for about a year until Kaufman died from cancer in 1984. After Kaufman’s death, Marguiles co-directed and edited the documentary I’m From Hollywood, which chronicles Andy’s infamous battles with Jerry Lawler, the Memphis, Tennessee professional wrestler, both inside and outside of the ring.

Personally, I own an old VHS copy of I’m From Hollywood and it’s absolutely one of the funniest freakin’ things I’ve ever seen in my life. A DVD edition of the film is available from the distributor Legend House. The documentary operates under the premise that Kaufman and Lawler’s feud was genuine, even though it was revealed years later that it was all a hoax in the book Andy Kaufman Revealed! by Kaufman’s friend and co-conspirator Bob Zmuda.

Below is a clip from I’m From Hollywood where Andy taunts Lawler by proving he can wrestle big women.

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