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Andy Kaufman, the return?
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:13:14 AM »
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http://entertainment.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=157934

Party Set for Andy Kaufman, Just in Case
May 8, 6:37 PM EST

Andy Kaufman died of lung cancer on May 16, 1984, but according to legend, the eccentric comedian said if he were faking, he'd resurface 20 years later to the day.

So, just in case, a party is being planned by Bob Zmuda, Kaufman's best friend and partner, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on May 16.

"Over 100 personal ads will be taken out across the country and abroad, reminding him of his words. Will he show?" Zmuda asked on the Web site for Comic Relief, a series of shows that raise money for health care for the homeless.

Zmuda founded Comic Relief after Kaufman's death.

VIP tickets to the Andy Kaufman — Dead or Alive? tribute offer "select seating and celebrity reception (hopefully with Andy)."

The tribute also promises a performance by Las Vegas lounge lizard Tony Clifton, one of Kaufman's characters.

Kaufman was best known as the lovable foreign-car mechanic Latka Gravas on the '70s TV sitcom "Taxi."
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2004, 12:07:01 PM »
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This seems very cool but it's so depressing knowing Andy is dead and won't show up.  :cry:

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2004, 06:01:05 PM »
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This seems very cool but it's so depressing knowing Andy is dead and won't show up.  :cry:


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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2004, 01:45:05 AM »
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The tribute also promises a performance by Las Vegas lounge lizard Tony Clifton, one of Kaufman's characters.


Awesome. Tony Clifton is my fav. Kaufman character.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2004, 02:26:44 AM »
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But he is alive!





only if  :cry:
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2004, 06:12:49 AM »
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Awesome. Tony Clifton is my fav. Kaufman character.


I have a clip from his performance in the muppet-show. It's the funny stuff!

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2004, 09:17:06 AM »
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I have a clip from his performance in the muppet-show. It's the funny stuff!


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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2004, 08:43:00 AM »
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I have a clip from his performance in the muppet-show. It's the funny stuff!


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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2004, 10:43:59 PM »
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Awesome. Tony Clifton is my fav. Kaufman character.


I have a clip from his performance in the muppet-show. It's the funny stuff!


that wasn't from the muppet show, that was from the miss piggy special which i have on a tape with grease 2. i ripped that clip years ago when i got my video card and put it in my shared kazaa folder. chances are, that's my clip.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2004, 08:24:53 AM »
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that wasn't from the muppet show, that was from the miss piggy special which i have on a tape with grease 2. i ripped that clip years ago when i got my video card and put it in my shared kazaa folder. chances are, that's my clip.


It probably is. I got it from SoulSeek.

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2004, 09:06:52 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2004, 02:47:32 AM »
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Maybe he IS back

No. No. No, he really isn't.

I had a huge debate with somebody about this a few days ago. About how this is a guy pretending to be him and it isn't funny. And the guy said, "Oh come on. Andy Kaufman would've loved this." And I said that I didn't give a shit because it's still disrespectful to pretend you're Kaufman and say "After 20 years I'm back!" To me, it's not funny. It's funny if people are gullible enough to say "OMG OMG ANDY I LOVE YOU - BEST PRANK EVER!!" But for a guy to fake being him while Andy is dead... I'm not a fan of that. And I don't care how much Andy would've loved his legacy being revived. Let Zmuda do it if he wanted to. This isn't cool.

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« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2004, 05:30:54 PM »
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Andy Kaufman Returns After 20 Years
Wed May 19, 9:00 AM ET  


New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 19, 2004 -- Twenty years ago, on May 16, 1984, most of the world believed that we had lost a comedic legend forever. This has turned out to be what will inevitably be known as the greatest comic prank ever conceived. Andy Kaufman, by all accounts, is alive and well at age 55 and is now living in New York City on the upper west side. To his loyal supporters and fans, Andy says "sorry about faking my death," in a recent interview with ABC News at his apartment. In order to reach legendary comic status and seal his place in the history of performance art, he said it was "necessary to go away for twenty years."

Andy Kaufman's official site has been launched at:
http://andykaufmanreturns.blogspot.com/

Even though he has technically returned, Andy says that he plans to maintain his low key lifestyle that he has led for the past twenty years. He has resumed contact with friends and family. Fearing the possibility of this scenario and the potential for another hoax, Kaufman's family has contracted with independent auditors Ernst & Young to determine if this in fact the real Andy Kaufman. He has subjected himself to medical examination and submitted DNA, hair, blood and fingerprint samples to the auditors. Ernst & Young and the Kaufman family report that with a 99% probability, this is indeed the real Andy Kaufman. His mother says, "It's good to have Andy back."

In 1999, a new crop of Kaufman fans were born after Jim Carrey starred in the hit film Man on the Moon. "Andy's bizarre mix of comedy and performance art will inspire fans and comedians alike for generations, especially after this stunt," says Jim Carrey.

Andy says he will make only occasional public appearances, sometimes in disguise so that you won?t know if it?s really him or someone else. Kaufman was famous for pulling this stunt with the Tony Clifton character, sometimes played by good friend Bob Zmuda.

Andy says fans should tune into his website for ongoing updates to his adventures in life. As always, Andy's stage has been the world, testing the boundaries of our beliefs, our sources of information, and our perception of reality. "It's good to be back," Andy writes on his website.

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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2004, 05:31:09 PM »
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well, I wasn't taking it so seriously.  

but really, when you think about it, if he WERE back, this is probably the way that he would reveal it, that way he could give people time thinking that it's bullshit and that he's some disrespectful piece of crap.

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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2004, 05:49:00 PM »
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I read way too much of those blogs (his own blog, and blogs related).  It took me a while to peel my eyes away.

The saddest part of it all: Andy's return has sparked a near (maybe equal) amount of controversy and speculation as the return of Christ.
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