Is This Guy for Real?
In his new graphic novel-biography, Box Brown (Andre the Giant) takes on the life of Andy Kaufman, the unlikely American comic legend who doubled as a professional wrestler. His fascinating, complicated persona is brought to gorgeous life in Brown’s book, as are several fascinating tidbits. Click through for some exclusive details about Kaufman’s life, paired with art from the book, and pre-order it ahead of its Feb. 6 release here.
His Favorite Wrestler of All Time
Andy’s favorite wrestler of all time was “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers. Buddy Rogers was a flamboyant heel. He invented something called “The Strut” where he walked around the ring taunting the audience. When Buddy Rogers lost the title to Bruno Sammartino, Andy was heartbroken and stopped watching wrestling for a long time.
His Relationship to Drugs
Andy was really into transcendental meditation and credited it with helping him quit alcohol and drugs at a young age. He also practiced yoga regularly. He even included yoga poses in his performances.
His Biggest Influence
Andy was the biggest Elvis Presley fan in the world and an amazing Elvis impersonator. In fact, he was Elvis’s favorite impersonator. Elvis made sure he recorded all of Andy’s performances. After Elvis died Andy visited Graceland and was shown the VHS tape. Also, during that visit he snuck into the actual bathroom where Elvis died and urinated.
His Love for His Grandparents
Andy loved his grandparents, who were very influential on him. They watched wrestling with him and taught him how to entertain at kids parties and gave him lots of attention, which he loved. He often wore an “I Love Grandma” T-shirt to his shows and even called his grandma live on the Late Night with David Letterman to tell her he loved her.
His Love for Wrestling
Andy would use his celebrity to sneak backstage at WWE (then WWF) events at Madison Square Garden. He’d try to befriend wrestlers and talk about wrestling. He even ended up wrestling a number of times in Memphis.