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Old November 14 2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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Andy still out there, goofing on Elvis?

Is Andy Kaufman still alive? Brother, alleged daughter say comic faked his death
  • During the ninth annual Andy Kaufman Awards at New York City's Gotham Comedy Club on Monday night, the former "Taxi" and "Saturday Night Live" star's brother Michael Kaufman stepped on stage to talk about his sibling. Then a 24-year-old woman joined him and said she was Michael's niece -- and Andy Kaufman's daughter.

    Michael admitted he didn't know if Andy is dead or alive, but told a story that he found a note written by the comic describing plans to fake his death and then reappear at a restaurant on Christmas Eve in 1999. Andy Kaufman didn't show up, but Michael says he instead received a letter that night describing how his famous brother wanted a normal life and that "he'd met and fallen in love with a woman and had a daughter, and that he didn't want Michael or anyone to say anything while their own father was still alive."

    Michael said their father Stanley died earlier this year. A month later he received a phone call from a woman who said Andy was still alive and had been following the Andy Kaufman Awards "from afar." That woman is allegedly the same woman who joined Michael on stage to say she's Andy Kaufman's daughter

    Al Parinello, a producer of the Andy Kaufman Awards and a lifelong friend of the comedian, says Monday's event was not a hoax. "I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Officially, Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984 at the age of 35. But TMZ reports no official date of death exists and an online database suggests he lived in Cook County, Illinois, in 2001 and later in Westchester County, New York.

    What do you think? Is Andy Kaufman still alive?

Eh, probably not, and the full article has some reasons why. But it's a cool theory.
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Old November 14 2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Sam Simon, who was a producer on Taxi, has said that the everyone who knows anything about it knows Kaufman died, and the only reason this "is Andy really alive?" thing is perpetuated is a few people have made it their livelihood.
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Old November 14 2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Re: Andy still out there, goofing on Elvis?

This reminds me that towards the end of Wonderland Avenue, Danny Sugarman wrote, "As far as I know, Jim Morrison is still dead."

Andy still out there, goofing on Elvis?
Arguably, Andy Kaufman is still doing a brilliant impersonation of Elvis. Seeing that both of them are dead, Andy probably has his looks and mannerisms down.
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Old November 14 2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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Re: Andy still out there, goofing on Elvis?

The woman who said she was Kaufman's daughter was an actress, recruited by Andy's brother, to play the fictional role. Linky
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Old November 14 2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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A legend in any case. This only adds to it all.
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Old November 15 2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Re: Andy still out there, goofing on Elvis?

Andy Kaufman didn't fake his own death -- he faked his own life. It would be amazing if he managed to arrange this nearly 30 years after he died. In a way, he lives on more now than if he were still living aged 64.
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Old November 17 2013, 08:55 AM   #7
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I thought this thread was about REM.
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Old November 17 2013, 12:29 PM   #8
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They are connected, of course:

http://rock.rapgenius.com/Rem-man-on...s#note-1917164

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Old November 17 2013, 09:08 PM   #9
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I think he told his brother before he died to make everybody think he was still alive.
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Old November 17 2013, 09:31 PM   #10
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I think some dogs disappear when they are sick--so you always think...maybe, one day...they will come back.
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Old November 18 2013, 12:23 AM   #11
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My dog never got sick, but he did go to live on a farm upstate...
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