• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analysing Vocal Performance

Extracts from this document...


Analysing Vocal Performance A case Study of Andy Kaufman's Character Tony Clifton I decided to choose one of Andy Kaufman's characters to analyse. He was born in 1949 and became popular in the 70's. He never considered himself as a comedian. If given the choice he would rather to be introduced as a song-and-dance man. As he performed many acts I thought I would concentrate on one, and explore the voce attributes of that character. Andy Kaufman is known to transform into many acts, some make believe and some impersonations of famous people such as his invisible twin brother, a wrestler, Elvis Presley, fictional characters and many more. One of the well known acts of Andy Kaufman I have chosen to analyse is Tony Clifton, he is an abusive lounge singer who began opening for Kaufman at comedy clubs and eventually even performed concerts on his own around the country. For a brief time, it was unclear to some that Clifton was not a real person. News programs interviewed Tony Clifton as Andy Kaufman's opening act, the mood would often turn ugly at this point from Tony Clifton, as whenever Andy Kaufman's name came up in his presence he got stroppy. Although Tony Clifton was played by Andy Kaufman they had a strange relationship as Clifton was convinced that Andy Kaufman was attempting to ruin Clifton's "good name" in order to ...read more.


'Woah somebody's is wearing a lot of perfume round here must be that time of the month - huh?' (Andy Kaufman, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) On both lines the pitch rises towards the end and the bold words are where he shouts the words. He uses this as it makes the joke clearer and the punch lines are towards the end which they are then neatly structured to make it obvious which is the part to listen to. When singing uses both Dipping Intonation where his voice falls and then rises and Peaking Intonation where his voice rises and then falls. Which he uses strongly in the beginning of song 'I will survive'. This is shown in the lines below, with the rising pitch in blue and the falling pitch in red: 'First I was afraid I was petrified Kept thinkin I could never live Without you by my side' (Andy Kaufman, I Will Survive) He uses intonation to keep the song entertaining as if it was just one pitch used throughout the song it would make it sound drowning and boring. Voice Quality The quality of his voice is not the best, which is what Andy Kaufman is trying to achieve as he wants it to be amusing not an every day voice the audience would come across. ...read more.


His character often asks the crowd questions but does not wait to listen for there answers and does not often respond to them as shown in the transcription, when he does coraspont to the audiences answers it could be questioned if some members of the crowd are in on the act. Andy Kaufman is trying to create this fictional character influenced by gangsters and wise guys but still having a uniqueness. He achieves this by playing around with creative language to create this character, some of these attributes include; impersonations of other characters, repeated sentances and words giving the act a more real and genuine effect. Contributing to this point are his stuttuers, thinking pauses and umm's throughout his acts this can be seen using the 'Key' and transcription in appendix One and Two. He uses jokes and brings the audiences into them by using them as his punch lines by also used marked vocabulary which is often inappropriate and and unexpected, this is shown below: 'I think you sat in some cottage cheese Oh pardon me, that's your ass' (Andy Kaufman, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) As shown his jokes also use such attributes as sarcasm and mockery. Andy is well known for playing many characters and many people to this day are unsure who the real kaufman was. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. "Phoenix Nights"

    This satirises the British public and the seriousness of soaps to them. This tells the audience Peter Kay is ridiculing the way people can show sympathy for characters in soaps yet can be unsympathetic to real people.for example when potter shows no sympathy towards jerry when he burns his hand.

  2. PerformanceIn performance there are three stages of development when creating a performance piece with ...

    To achieve this we had to experiment with proxemics and physicality in relation to the audience. We discussed and used the idea of incorporating the audience (final combined) within the piece-dramatic irony, which by involving the audience help to keep the audience in tune with the action.

  1. The stimulus we were given to look at was the play 'Too Much Punch ...

    In the script Judy talks about having a nightmare about Jo, 'All I can remember is that I turned round and saw Joanna sitting in the car...really horrible...munched up and she turned to me and said..."Look what you've done to my face!"'

  2. Have decided to explore how Bolt uses the Common Man to emphasise the features ...

    His 'ordinary' characteristics, shown in scene one are reinforced here. More: Take me home Boatman: I expect you'll make it worth my while. The fact that he expects to be rewarded for his job is a common expectation amongst most people and contrasts with More's character, who is rewarded with

  1. An Experiment to Investigate How an Active Audience Will Affect a Skilled or Unskilled ...

    ALTERNATIVE HYPOTHESIS: Skilled players will score significantly more netball goals in 1 minute with an active audience than those who are unskilled. From past research, a one tailed hypothesis has been produced, therefore, this investigation, a one tailed hypothesis is used.

  2. On the Waterfront "Famous Speech".

    Now however, we can see the result of the gradual change Terry has been undergoing throughout the course of the film. Here he is crying, and full of emotion. He has shed his tough mafia exterior and is now reflecting on his past.

  1. Too much punch for Judy.

    We then showed Kyle on the balcony facing inwards at Tejal and me but then Robert had somehow got to the bottom. Because Robert had felt bad about nearly tripping his dad so he shouted out sorry. Kyle then turned around to look at Robert but lost balance and fell down.

  2. Drama Portfolio - Too much Punch For Judy

    For instance, Judy and Jo would wear black high boots, or black high heels. They'd wear a mini skirt with a nice top. Then they'd probably have a leather jacket over the top. Here are pictures of typical 80's fashion for male and female, which is the decade in which the play was set.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work