Review: Entertainment

Tye Sheridan

Isn’t it time for Andy Kaufman to stop pretending he died in 1984, and return to his place in the comedy world? One of Kaufman’s prime pieces of conceptual theater—embodying a belligerent anti-comedian named Tony Clifton—has been honed by somebody else in his absence. Gregg Turkington has carved out his own queasy niche in comedy with his horrible alter ego, Neil Hamburger. Armed with stale material, an octopus-like combover, and a habit of clearing the phlegm from his throat in the middle of his punch lines, Hamburger is an offensive creep whose style of joke-telling was outdated in 1968. Turkington has rolled out this character on records and online—sometimes in front of live audiences who are clearly not getting the anti-joke.

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