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Germy Ties | Main | Brief Invention


May 26, 2004

The Return of Andy Kaufman?

I found the following over at Waiting for the Punchline:

Andy Kaufman, as some would have you believe, is alive and well. The comic claimed that he would fake his own death and return 20 years later, which would have been May 16th of this year.

An Andy Kaufman Returns blog has appeared, hosted of course by Blogspot. The blog claims that the author is the real Andy Kaufman and has various posts claiming that he has been confirmed by a DNA test. Yet, the obvious question "why don't you go on national TV to prove it" is dismissed by saying that he wants to remain on a more personal and intimate level. He says to look for him at Wal-Marts and Starbucks around the country and to contact local media when you do.

I'm skeptical. What do you guys think? Is he dead or alive?


Posted by Lawren at May 26, 2004 07:15 AM

You Said

I'd heard on the news the other day that it was the 20th anniversary of his supposed death.

He had said he would fake his own death and return 20 years later. He was a no-show.

Says: GrumpyBunny at May 26, 2004 08:55 AM

Considering that one guy -- Bob Zmuda -- has been pimping Kaufman's memory for the last 20 years, that he and Kaufman both assumed the same stage persona (Tony Clifton) on numerous occasions, and that Zmuda is not famous for anything else, I'm tempted to write this off as cheap self-promotion for Bob Zmuda.

Says: pad at May 26, 2004 09:29 AM

Kaufman is dead. Only Elvis is still alive ;-)

Says: Brian D. at May 26, 2004 10:44 AM

I don't think Zmuda is the culprit, since he ought to remember that Andy was the champion of 'intergender wrestling' (a term which this site has conspicuously failed to use in the proper context).

[Of course, maybe that's what Zmuda wants us to think...]

Says: Ferro Lad at May 26, 2004 03:46 PM

KAUFMAN LIVES! VIVA LA KAUFMAN!

hehe...sorry.

Says: Joe D at May 26, 2004 03:49 PM

Snopes says it is a fraud.

Besides the only "dead" pop culture figure with the testicular fortitude to actually come back is John "The Duke" Wayne.
He will return mark my words.

Says: James Doney at May 26, 2004 08:30 PM

unfortunately, dead.

Says: erin at May 26, 2004 10:13 PM

Ofcourse he's not dead. However he did love the limelight and the fact he didn't emerge on the 20th anniversary of his supposed death has me wondering. Maybe he will on the 21st just so he can say he really had us wondering. Then again he might have just decided that there is no longer anything he can do or say to shock or get a reaction with the way things are today. I hope this isn't the case. Because now we need him more than ever.
P.S. I don't know why I used the name Steve as my real name is Andy Kaufman. (Correct spelling : Kauffman)

Says: steve at November 4, 2004 11:36 AM

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