R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon" is best-selling Andy Kaufman-related song for 25th consecutive year

Los Angeles, CA - April 18, 2018 - Seven years after legendary rockers R.E.M. called it quits in the music business, the band is still receiving accolades and awards in the music industry. The latest celebration took place this evening at a quiet ceremony in the lobby of Billboard Magazine's offices. Industry leaders gathered in recognition of an unprecedented streak of success for one of the band's major chart toppers.

Speaking to music industry executives and media representatives Billboard editor Mike Bruno announced, "We are thrilled to confirm that, once again, R.E.M.'s 1992 hit 'Man on the Moon' has been certified the nation's best-selling single about the late comedian Andy Kaufman for an unprecedented 25th consecutive year."

Former band front man Michael Stipe commented to the crowd, "When we first attended this ceremony in 1993, I don't think any of us imagined it would become an annual event. This is a joke right?"

Guitarist Peter Buck did not attend the ceremony but sent a message via his agent, "For the love of God, stop sending me these certificates," wrote Buck. "I don't need 25 of these things."

Bruno said the band should be proud of the song's success. "Our statisticians are still putting together the numbers, but we have reason to believe this is the most popular song in history that mentions a comedian by name."

Stipe replied in his well-known mumble something about the end of the world.

When asked for comment, bassist Mike Mills expressed gratitude that he was asked a question at all. He continued, "Honestly, I can't believe we've won this 25 years in a row. We were all certain that Tony Clifton would have come up with something by now."

Clifton, a retired lounge performer, could not be reached for comment.

Tonight's TV Listings

The New A-Team - 8 pm - “Fedorable” - Ace lady reporter Tawnia Baker reunites with the gang to help rescue original team member Templeton “Faceman” Peck, who has become obsessed with Twitter and his promotion of Men’s Rights Activism after a messy third divorce.

Tinder Mercies - 8:30 pm - “Pilot” - Ashley is a single twenty-something in New York with a studio apartment in Manhattan and no discernible income. Follow along with Ash and her quirky friends Jessica, Brittany, Black Amanda, and Gay Brandon, as they swipe right on the path to romance and career success.

Mal’s Practice - 9 pm - “Toxic” - Brilliant twenty-something veterinary surgeon Mallory Kinkaide must track down the source of a string of chocolate-related overdoses among Topeka’s elite show dog community, all while trying to get and keep the romantic attention of the handsome, socially inept, and brilliant pet therapist Kristopher Mathews before his character is suddenly killed off next season.

Soldiers of Wheel of Fortune - 10 pm - “Episode 1” - In this exciting new reality show, past champions of Wheel of Fortune find themselves dropped off in unstable geo-political climates and challenged to find their way home safely while solving increasingly difficult word puzzles. In tonight’s first challenge, Sylvia must somehow kill a Colombian drug lord before she can buy a vowel.

A version of these TV listings first appeared in publication for Friendlytown: The Zine (Vol. 1). Friendlytown: The Zine is a zine produced by Tyler Sonnichsen to promote the weekly Knoxville experimental comedy show known as Friendlytown. You can come out to watch Friendlytown almost every Monday at the Pilot Light in Knoxville's Old City with an open mic at 7:30 (Eastern) followed by comedy based on a different theme each week. As a matter of fact, I'll be guest hosting the next edition of Friendlytown on Monday, April 16, "Friendlytown Gets Audited."