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'Fridays': What really happened the night Andy Kaufman melted down on live TV


Andy Kaufman was famous for taking things too far. He wrestled women! And taunted those who could easily twist him into a pretzel. With Andy, you simply never knew what was real and what was fake. In February 1981, he guest-starred on Fridays, the short-lived live sketch show that was trying to become ABC’s answer to Saturday Night Live. (Michael Richards and Larry David were among the talent that worked on the show for three seasons.)  In one of the show’s most memorable moments, Kaufman dead-stopped in the middle of a live skit about smoking pot, claiming that he wasn’t able to play a stoned character. “I feel stupid,” he said, as the audience chuckled awkwardly. But his scene partners didn’t much appreciate his refusal to stick to the script, and when Richards tossed the cue cards on Kaufman’s lap, television audiences were treated to a scuffle before the show finally cut to commercial. It was pure Andy Kaufman.

It was also completely staged.

In The Best of Fridays, which arrives on DVD tomorrow, the cast and crew look back on that night, and admit who else was in on the ruse. Click below for the skit, titled “Marijuana,” and then an exclusive clip from the DVD that clarifies who knew what and when. READ FULL STORY


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