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Wait, I Thought He'd Gone Wrestling: Andy Kaufman Might Be Alive After All

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Miscellaneous | November 14, 2013 | Comments ()


So anyone who read his Wikipedia page after catching Man on the Moon on cable in the middle of the night, knows that Andy Kaufman was the original Internet troll. He’d get up on stage, and often his acts weren’t funny to the audience, but they were funny to someone watching the audience. It was like comedy Inception. Of course Kaufman died of lung cancer in his early thirties, but his repeated insistence on relating to friends and family how it would be possible for him to fake his own death sort of made his passing so young a conspiracy theorists’ dream.

And so many have believed that Kaufman had pulled off the ultimate fake-out gag by faking his own death and disappearing into hiding, presumably into the rain forests of the Philippines like one of those ancient Japanese soldiers who thinks that the Imperial Navy is totally going to take back the islands and rescue him next week at the absolute latest.

The problem with faking your own death like that is deciding when to pull off the reveal. Do it too soon, and it just annoys people, but wait too long and you emerge only to find that everyone forgot who you were.

Well, a 24 year old woman just showed up who claims to be Andy Kaufman’s daughter, born and raised by him after his “death”, which he faked in order to live in privacy with the woman with whom he had fallen in love. Kaufman’s brother Michael escorted the young lady to the Andy Kaufman Comedy Awards and introduced her. When contacted afterwards by reporters who wanted to, you know, talk to her, Michael Kaufman said that she was now unreachable, and that he would explain everything later.

Personally, I think it’s probably just Jim Carrey pulling a publicity stunt for a follow-up movie that no one is going to see anyway.

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  • Shannon
  • Danar the Barbarian

    Andy Kauffman and Dave Chappelle are in hiding together. Andy was never my cup of tea, but Dave, come back! There's room enough for you AND Key & Peele!

  • amanda

    I don't know. If it IS a hoax, someone knows who that girl really is, so we'll probably find out soon enough. I mean, if I went up on stage and said I was Andy Kaufman's kid, there are plenty of people who A. know that not to be true and/or B. know my name and quite a lot about me. Unless she was kept in a closet until now, someone knows who she is.
    Plus, I feel like his brother would have to be in on the hoax, which I guess is a possibility. It's kind of a great way to remember the guy and celebrate his life. But on the other hand, why try to pull off a hoax that could be pretty easily discredited? Like I said, someone knows that girl.

  • BWeaves

    Well, he wouldn't be the first comedian to say, "Fuck this shit! I can afford to retire in peace and quiet." Rick Moranis comes to mind, although even he is starting to make a come back.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Unless I'm misremembering, I believe Rick Moranis retired from acting to raise his children after his wife died of cancer, so not really a "peace and quiet" kind of situation. Though yes, piles of money and "Ghostbusters" royalties must make it easier.

  • Some Guy

    I think it was the Honey I [Blanked] The Kids that really allowed him some breathing room.

  • BWeaves

    I read that Moranis wanted to raise his children in peace and quiet and give them a normal childhood, like he had. I agree, it's not quite the same scenario as faking your own death and going into the witness protection program, but it's the only example I could come up with on short notice.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I wouldn't be surprised if he still gets loads of royalties from the Bob & Doug album as well. Particularly in upcoming weeks when their version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" gets all kinds of airplay.

  • Maguita NYC

    Every time I hear about Andy, I am reminded of R.E.M's song...
    And I can't wait to hear Michael's explanation!


  • Maguita NYC

    Disqus is freaking out after that REM clip and won't let me add, that I believe this is Andy's final joke on us all!

    And with the power of social media and news being taken to extreme before any reasonable proof or validation, Andy would be having the last laugh.

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