Man on the Moon (1999)

This 1999 film starring Jim Carrey is a biopic about American entertainer Andy Kaufman. Starting with Kaufman's ambitions to entertain as a child, the movie moves to his roots doing gigs in bars, his discovery by manager George Shapiro, and just about everything else about Kaufman's career.

Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) on Saturday Night Live.

This was a good movie. Prior to watching it, I had only seen some of Andy Kaufman's performances on Saturday Night Live (in particular "Mighty Mouse Theme" and "Pop Goes the Weasel"). I also saw some of Tony Clifton's performances on Saturday Night Live. Thus, while certain events may be dramatized or altered, I still learned a bit about Kaufman's life and work.

Overall, I enjoyed Jim Carrey's performance in this film and thought it was great as a whole.


Kaufman performs in a nightclub.

Instant Comments:
Hahaha. "In fact, this is the end of the movie. Thank you very much."
Ha. Credits roll and get stuck. Fidgets with the record player to get it working.
Ha. Collapses the record player.
"Well you're still here."
Hahahahahaha. He moved the booger from the left to the right. Hilarious.
"Is there a secret to being funny?" "Yes. Silence."
Saturday Night Live. "Here I come to save the day!"
"But-- but it's only gonna be for 30 seconds." "Five." "Twenty." "Ten." "Deal."

George Shapiro (Danny DeVito) sees Kaufman for the first time.

That's genius.
That's commitment to entertainment right there.
"Would anybody like to pay a dollar to touch my cyst?"
A case of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf."
"You're surrounded by what you create."

"Carnegie Hall interior not filmed in Carnegie Hall"
California State University, Long Beach, CA in the credits. Note that Arizona State (University) is the college mentioned in the movie.

Tony Clifton

Watched 20131228 (Netflix, Instant) (Streaming until 20140101)
Man on the Moon (1999) Milos Forman. 118 min

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Video Clips:
Andy Kaufman performs Mighty Mouse:

Clip from Man on the Moon where character Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) performs Mighty Mouse:

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