Tony Clifton Returns In Time For 25th Anniversary

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Sunday, May 16th At The Comedy Store in LA; The Historic 25th Anniversary of the Birth of Comic Relief; Kicking off four nights at The Comedy Store in LA May 16th, 19th, 20th, & 21st featuring Clifton and The Katrina Kiss-My-Ass Orchestra

“Mesmerizing…” – Entertainment Weekly “Transfixing…” –Variety “A night like no other in your life!” –Chicago Tribune

Tony Clifton, alter ego of comic genius, Andy Kaufman, will be returning to The Comedy Store for a monumental, special performance on Sunday, May 16th - 25 years to the day that Kaufman’s writer/producer, Bob Zmuda, united comedians for the first time to raise funds for charity. Since then, his Comic Relief organization, with the help of hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams, has raised millions towards helping the homeless and people in need. They’ve also been very involved with disaster relief, including the 2006 HBO/TBS special for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Clifton, backed by the 12-piece Comic Relief-sponsored Katrina Kiss-My-Ass Orchestra, and burlesque troupe the Cliftonettes, will also be playing the following dates: Wednesday through Friday night – May 19th through 21st. It promises to be a kick-ass, not-to-be-missed show in the intimate nightclub setting of The Comedy Store. Seating is limited, and it will be an unforgettable experience for those present.

So where the hell has Clifton been? 2009 was a big year for the musical titan, traveling the country with his troupe, performing to sold out audiences and stellar reviews.

Also, “Clifton, the Cologne,” a musky 70’s inspired scent designed by L’Oreal’s Uli Lang, was uncorked in New York City.

Clifton is now back in his recording studio at Cliftonmere, his Triple X Nevada ranch, working on his upcoming album. Discerning musicians are in talks with the International Singing Sensation, and musical legend R.E.M. has already signed on for the project -- so stay tuned!

Clifton was discovered by Andy Kaufman in 1969, while performing in a seedy lounge in Las Vegas. Captivated, Kaufman engaged Tony to open for him on several occasions, most notably his historic "Carnegie Hall Concert." In the ‘80s, Clifton appeared numerous times on such shows as David Letterman and The Miss Piggy Special. Rodney Dangerfield hired Clifton to open for him at Bill Graham's world famous Fillmore in San Francisco.

Clifton’s most controversial appearance was witnessed by the cast of the TV show Taxi. Tony showed up to rehearsal drunk and with two hookers in tow, and was promptly escorted off the Paramount lot by armed security.

Later, Clifton starred opposite Jim Carrey in the Milos Forman film “Man on the Moon.” The film ends with Tony on stage at The Comedy Store, exactly 25 years to the day of this May 16th appearance.


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