Great Job, Internet!: Orson Welles and Andy Kaufman got together once, mostly just talked about Taxi

Andy Kaufman and Orson Welles both liked tricking people; Welles as the man behind War Of The Worlds and F For Fake, and Kaufman as a comedian who tended to derive more pleasure from confusing audiences with layers of nested realities than in making them outright laugh. So it’s slightly disappointing, if still weirdly apt, to watch these two titans of 20th century misdirection meet in person, and then mostly just talk about Taxi.

That’s courtesy of a 1982 clip from The Merv Griffin Show—recently posted by YouTube user Sebas Tabany—that saw guest host Welles interview Kaufman glowingly, and almost exclusively, about his performance on the ABC sitcom. “One of the best things I’ve seen in a long time,” said Welles, who also called the series “one of the other shows that has kept television from being a criminal felony.” For his own part, Kaufman …

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