This is pretty interesting if you have the time.
First, watch the infamous Kaufman / Lawler showdown on the David Letterman Show:
Now, just listen to Lawler explain the background. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it turns out to be pretty nuanced when you ask, “Wait, was that real or scripted?”
Also, at least in Lawyer’s telling, Kaufman was way cooler than Jim Carrey.
Last thing: Keep this episode in mind when you go nuts over things that Ann Coulter, Donald Trump, or Paul Krugman say.