I fired up the old YouTube (and the video features an intro from legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon!) and fell right into the groove I remembered from my youth, that My Breakfast with Blassie is a documentary about guys who have no reality.
Freddie Blassie is one of the all-time great pro wrestlers. He was a talker, and one of the best of all-time, but he was also one of those guys who moved beyond wrestling and got on in other arenas, including mainstream TV and even music. Andy Kaufman was a song-and-dance man, but his songs weren't necessarily his own, his dance not necessarily about movement. He was about the presentation, and his presentation was about the traansistor effect between the feed of the performer and the drain of the audience. The expectation is you've got to give the marks paying their ducats laughs, and instead Kaufman wanted to make the paying audience angry to give his real audience, those comics who worshipped him who were invariably standing in the back. That was a smart way of doing it if you are trying to become a legend. In a way, he lived his gimmick, he was weird any time you interacted with him, and weird in a way that would make you keep guessing what was the gimmick and what was him. That's classic wrestlers, like when Freddie Blassie would go to Japan and file his teeth as he walked through the airport.
The weird thing about the movie is that this is two guys, one of whom is living his gimmick, and the other is not. In fact, I really don't believe either of them are acting, even when they go through written material. They're both interacting with teh material as if they were working a Memphis wrestling angle, but they are specifically doing so to the booking of My Dinner with Andre. The comedy is there, it's really funny, but if you look at the way they are talking, and how Kaufman goes all nutty, and Blassie reacts to that nuttiness, they're playing it towards the confrontation, and in a way that makes more sense than Louis Malle did in his work.