Friends Say Edgy Comic Andy Kaufman was Bisexual


Andy Kaufman was an edgy, controversial and unpredictable comics. Audiences either hated him, or loved him. Some people think he is still alive, although lung cancer took him in 1984.
Now, his longtime friend, comic Bob Zmuda, opens up another door about this enigmatic comic. He says Andy Kaufman was bisexual.

Kaufman was known as the lovable naive immigrant Latka on the hit TV show “Taxi” in the 1980s. His 1975 “Saturday Night Live” appearance had him standing silently while the cartoon Mighty Mouse song was playing in the background and he would lip-sync the line “Here I come to save the day!” He did it with crazed enthusiasm and fell back into his nervous, quiet persona. He would read the telephone book at some performances, and passed out milk and cookies to the audience at others. One time he ate a bowl of ice cream on stage while a laugh tracked played in the background.

Zmuda and Kaufman were writing partners and good friends. Zmuda recently wrote a book with Kaufman’s girlfriend Lynne Margulies. In this book, they both out their dead friend as being bisexual.

Lynne and Andy moved to San Francisco in the very gay Castro District and the comic would say he was going down the street to the cookie store. He would be gone for three or four hours, his girlfriend said. Lynne was bisexual herself, and she confronted Andy. They had an open relationship. According to Zmuda:
She told him, ‘I have no problem with that as long as you come home with me at the end of the night.’ They had a very open relationship like that. And she finally drew out of him the fact that he said he was bisexual.

Kaufman was concerned about his sexuality hurting his career. He was also concerned what his parents would say. He swore Zmuda and Margulies to secrecy.
He loved hookers (apparently of all kinds), and supported legalizing marijuana before anyone else did. Rumors surfaced that he died of AIDS, which his family disputed immediately. Every year around March, the rumors of his still being alive surface with someone who said they saw him now.

The book, “Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally” discusses the bisexuality. It also talks about his possibility of still being alive, although both of them eschewed the rumors in the past. Nevertheless, some of his friends say that this confusing comic was never confused, he was simply bisexual.

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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