How to Enter Vaudeville
by Keith Waterfield
Keith and Alain
Andy Kaufman’s Carnegie Hall concert is one of the most ambitious and brilliant moments of entertainment. It wasn’t just the comedy Kaufman was concerned with, it was the experience. The audience watched with childlike wonder, and had no idea what to expect on stage. He ended the show by putting his audience on 24 buses, and driving them to get milk and cookies. It’s been almost 15 years since I first saw a copy of this performance, and since then I’ve been waiting to create a show with as much imagination, talent and magic as Kaufman’s had. I’ve surrounded myself with creative types – performers, writers, designers – and built a network of colleagues and friends who could eventually be a part of such a show.
Waterfield's Follies is at the Segal