Kaufman the dating game
Doesn't like to break character, even when he's not filming.
I’m not quite sure when this aired, but professional comedians were often hired as ringers for the infamous daytime game show of the 1960s / 1970s “The Dating Game.” Here Kaufman does a version of Latka as a contestant who seems clearly puzzled by what’s expected of him. Especially the bachelorette who seems like a parody of a 1970s porn star, even though that may not be her intent.
He wrote the script on spec in 1994, sending it to many companies and studios, all turning it down.
The script eventually reached Francis Ford Coppola, who passed it on to his then-son-in-law Jonze, who agreed to direct the film.
After Kaufman got into a shoving match with the cast and crew, the show abruptly cut to commercials.
; born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist.
There was a pictorial of this match in the February 1982 issue of "Playboy".
Adaptation featured a fictionalized version of Kaufman and his fictional brother, Donald, who is credited as writer of the film along with Kaufman.