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Bill Zehme:
Lost in the Funhouse
Bill Zehme
  Lost in the Funhouse  
Bill Zehme    
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  In the early nineties Bill Zehme developed an obsession with Andy Kaufman. His vigorous interest turned out to be prescient as the end of this century has produced a renewed curiosity in the life and work of the late comic genius who confounded fans and critics alike with his singular brand of entertainment.

Now, after six years of exhaustive research, hundreds of interviews with family members, friends and key players in Andy's endless charades, Zehme has produced the first full-fledged biography of Kaufman and offers readers a portal into his unique mind and spirit. The title Lost in the Funhouse is a reference to Andy's college-era performances of Uncle Andy's Funhouse, a show he'd been developing since his early childhood that matured into an ABC special the network was most reluctant to air, and an apt summation of Andy's life. It is also an appropriate description of the author's experience in trying to ascertain the truth about this elusive artist.

In this issue of Bold Type you will find an interview with Bill Zehme in which he talks about the truth and other strange incidents in the universe of Andy Kaufman and transcripts of two of Kaufman's notorious appearances on The David Letterman Show.
 
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  Photo of Bill Zehme copyright © Steven E. Gross

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