Remembering the TV Classic, Taxi

Larrylambert
3 min readMay 28, 2023

That really was a great ensemble cast.

Creative Commons: Photo by Jnkates Cropped and retouched by Danyele

During the late 70s and early 80s, TV audiences were graced with a great comedy called, “Taxi.” The show featured a great ensemble cast and really sharp writing. Many cast members went on to have huge careers post-Taxi. Judd Hirsch, Danny Di Vito, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd Marilu Henner and Andy Kaufman made for a great blend of talents. If you’ve watched the show, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, try to find it. If you like comedy, you will probably enjoy it. So here are some things you might not know about Taxi.

1: Tony Banta underwent a change of nationality.

Originally, the boxer in the cast was going to be a punch-drunk Irish boxer named Phil Ryan. Tony Danza was actually discovered at a boxing match in which he knocked out his opponent.

Danza was about to sign for a role in “The Warriors,” but signed for Taxi instead. It’s arguable if being a member of The Warriors or driving a taxi in New York is more dangerous.

2: Andy Kaufman’s contract required him to work only two days a week.

Which probably made everybody happy.

3: Kaufman also had a contract for his alter ego, Tony…

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Larrylambert

You probably don't know my name, but have likely seen my work. I've written for numerous syndicated cartoon strips and my gags have appeared in national pubs.