Andy Kaufman did a skit on the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Kaufman was virtually unknown at the time. This was before his Taxi fame and his other infamous shenanigans.
Some feel that this skit and Kaufman himself were some sort of genius comedy.
The genius of Andy Kaufman is what happens at 30 seconds into the performance. Andy knows the crux of his bit—pretending to sing “Here I come to save the day!”
There was also a book published titled "Was This Man A Genius?"
There are obviously some who think that Andy Kaufman's comedy (which includes this skit) was genius. It is known in popular culture as one of Andy Kaufman's most well-known skits.
I am a huge fan of Saturday Night Live and I love the comedy on that show. I am having a hard time understanding the genius and comedy of this skit. I understand that Andy Kaufman had an obscure way of doing what he considered comedy and he was not fully appreciated until after his death, but that skit still received laughs and appreciation from the audience as it was happening.
Is there some sort of Mighty Mouse reference that you need to be aware of to fully appreciate this skit? Is there some sort of inside joke that is happening during this skit that only certain people can understand?