Behind the Scenes
I think that these Andy Kaufman videos are really great. There’s also a not-that-cool video on youtube (which I’m not posting because of the high ratio of boring parts) of Kaufman being interviewed by Steve Martin. Which goes like this:
Steve Martin: That character with the uh, I don’t know what kind of character it is, exactly, or where it’s from…
Andy Kaufman: That one?
Steve Martin: The one out there that you did.
Andy Kaufman: Oh no, that’s really me.
Steve Martin: Ah, and then…
Andy Kaufman: The foreign man, you mean? That’s another character.
Steve Martin: So that was really you out there, and then what are you doing now?
Andy Kaufman: Right now this is really me.
Steve Martin: Oh. And then, what about the foreign man?
Andy Kaufman: Oh, that’s just a character I do.
Steve Martin: I see. So there’s two real you’s and then there’s a character.
Andy Kaufman: There are some others also. There’s other real me’s. But the foreign man isn’t one of them.
The interview sort of reminded me of a conversation I had with Mike Young about internet personas when he was in Oakland last month. The conversation went like this:
Me: Do you think my internet persona is different form my real life one?
Mike: I always get in trouble when I answer that question.
Me: I’m not looking for any particular answer.
Mike: You’re different than your online persona.
Me: Is it disappointing?
Mike: No. It’s just different. You’re quieter and nicer that I expected.
Mike: Is my internet persona different from real life?
Me: You’re funnier online.
Mike: I can see that.
Me: Probably because you have more time to formulate funny things to say.
Me: But you’re easier to talk to in real life.
Mike: That’s good.
Then we directed the conversation away from ourselves and started talking shit about the other online people we’ve met in real life.