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Episode 164 — Clifton Was Here


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:01 PM

International Singing Sensation Tony Clifton, joined by Cliftonettes Maxim and Phoenix, tells exclusive stories about Andy Kaufman, Jim Carrey, and Nicolas Cage, as well as cracking some off-color jokes. Plus, "House of Pies" star Ben Schwartz competes head-to-head against Scott in a cutthroat game of What Am I Thinking. Don't forget to pick up your tickets to Comedy Bang! Bang! LIVE in a city near you!

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:23 PM

Oh. It's just another normal episode with Tony Clif............WHAAAAAAAA?!

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:05 AM

So let me get this straight. I wiki'd this but I'm still a little confused. Tony Clifton is a real person (the guest on today's ep) as well as a fictional character of Kaufman's? Interesting.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:20 AM

Tony Clifton is more of a presence than a real person. Kinda like Dionysus or Beelzebub or something.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:26 AM

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 01:43 AM

This is a mindfuck. Is this guy real?!


Tony Clifton is a fictitious character created and often played by stand up comedian Andy Kaufman in the late 1970s. Characteristic of the many elaborate hoaxes and practical jokes Kaufman concocted, Clifton was not exclusively played by Kaufman—others, mainly Bob Zmuda, stepped into the role on occasion—enabling Kaufman and his accomplices to create an air of confusion as to whether Clifton was a real person or not.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:10 AM

The realest.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 03:18 AM

Where are the pics of the girls? :P

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:07 AM

Ben Schwartz's comedic improvising during the whole "placing a phone call to Wyclef Jean" bit was one of the more impressive pieces of quick-and-funny improvisation that I've heard in a long, long time, but things got a little strange after Bob Zmuda showed up. It was still engaging, but overall pretty atypical of this particular podcast.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:24 AM

Do people not know of Tony Clifton? He's a real guy. But also a character played by Andy Kaufman. But Andy Kaufman's dead.

An amazing episode, Schwartz was the perfect guest with Tony.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:43 AM

For those of us who pathologically hate mysteries

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Kaufman is a lot like Saturday Night Live or Pee Wee Herman he just doesn't play outside the US. Todays podcast sort of died for me once Clifton showed up, meh :huh:

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:31 AM

Wait... You can talk during the What Am I Thinking theme song? WTF?

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:00 AM

I complained about that last week, but come on, Tony Clifton can do what he likes.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:10 AM

View PostRich Young, on 25 June 2012 - 03:18 AM, said:

Where are the pics of the girls? :P


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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:45 AM

View PostChester, on 25 June 2012 - 04:07 AM, said:

Ben Schwartz's comedic improvising during the whole "placing a phone call to Wyclef Jean" bit was one of the more impressive pieces of quick-and-funny improvisation that I've heard in a long, long time, but things got a little strange after Bob Zmuda showed up. It was still engaging, but overall pretty atypical of this particular podcast.


Tony Clifton and Ben Schwartz were the only guests. You need to get your hearing checked.

I wish I could catch one of Tony's shows.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:42 AM

You guys, it was the same as most of the other eps - one person playing himself (Ben Schwartz), and one person playing a character (Bob Zmuda as Tony Clifton).

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

Tony Clifton is a real person. It was Kauffman's ultimate hoax, to convince the world that a real person was a ficticious character, which is considerably harder than the opposite.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:56 AM

Tony Clifton is a real person. It was Kauffman's ultimate hoax, to convince the world that a real person was a ficticious character, which is considerably harder than the opposite.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:12 AM

Okie dokie artichokie!

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

yea tony clifton is real...but i wish his voice didn't sound so similar to bob zmuda's. it gets confusing ;)