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The anti-comic

Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion (and comedian) Andy Kaufman pins his opponent to the mat at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, in December 1979.
Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion (and comedian) Andy Kaufman pins his opponent to the mat at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, in December 1979. (Bob Noble/Fotos International/Getty Images) Bob Noble/Fotos International/Getty Images
By James Parker
April 9, 2006

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IN OCTOBER 1974, the young pianist and songwriter Barry Manilow played a weeklong engagement at the Bijou Club in Philadelphia. The soft-rocking Manilow, a diligent steward of his own career, was on the rise-his single ''Mandy" was building nicely and would go on to become his first No. 1. But there was a problem: By some quirk of '70s booking, ... (Full article: 570 words)

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