On the next “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, September 16), a sonic tribute to the late-great absurdist comedian Andy Kaufman, who was tragically felled by cancer in 1984 at the tender age of 35.
Producer/host Ted Coe, writes: “Monday morning’s broadcast will share tracks from Kaufman’s recently-released posthumous debut album: Andy and His Grandmother (Drag City Records 2013).
It will also feature stories, songs, and other material by Andy Kaufman’s influences (Elvis Presley, Howdy Doody, Señor Wences, Slim Whitman, etc.), musical tributes (R.E.M., Mudkids, The Bobs, etc.), related TV themes, film trailers, sampled tracks, and additional commentary.
We’ll even hear Santa Barbara musician/film composer Brad Fiedel‘s first-hand account of sharing a weekend stage with the then-fledgling comedian in the early 1970s.
Known for his humorous provocations and elaborate hoaxes, we’ll highlight Kaufman’s life on the comedy circuit, including late-night and public television, his pioneering forays into “do-it-yourself” video and audio production, and of course his participation in the world of professional wrestling.
Andy Kaufman’s bold work pushed boundaries and also forged an enduring mythology. We’ll celebrate his spirit and reveal why nearly thirty years after his death: ANDY KAUFMAN LIVES!”
UPDATE (9/17/13): The playlist for yesterday’s Andy Kaufman Special on “The Freak Power Ticket” is now online, with extensive notes!
Special thanks too to Moses Marsh (former host of KCSB’s “Mixtape Mojo”) for bonus Andy Kaufman insights!
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Summer from 10am-12noon.