This title is taken from 1992 song Man on the Moon that was written by the band R.E.M. who also created the soundtrack of this film.
The soundtrack for the film was written by rock band R.E.M., whose 1992 song "Man on the Moon" (originally written in honor of Kaufman) gave the film its title.
This song belongs to an R.E.M. song about Andy ...
Not a definitive answer, but perhaps a clue can be found in this interview with Michael Richards where he claims that the version of events in Man on the Moon was not correct. Three excerpts:
Richards: Yeah, and in the movie, "Man in the Moon," that's not
correct. That's not how it happened because the network didn't really
know about it either. No ...
The term comes from a journalism theory that states:
The more a topic appears in the news, the less people attention it would get, specially, compare to the first time that the topic has been broadcasted in the news.
The best example of this theory is the news about landing of a person on the moon, or "Man on the moon". The first landing got the attention of ...
I always had the sense, particularly from Bill Zehme's wonderful book on Andy ("Lost in the Funhouse") that even if Richards was in on it, like much of Kaufman's antics, being in on it never meant you truly knew what to expect.
In that book, Richards is quoted as saying:
He just shut down and sat there. And I could just feel that he was just gonna' keep ...