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Andy Kaufman's Brother Says Comedian is Alive, in Love and Has a Daughter
hollywoodreporter ^ | 11/13/2013 | Seth Abramovitch

Posted on 11/14/2013 8:05:42 AM PST by Bobalu

He claims the "Taxi" star, who officially died of cancer in 1984, faked his own death "to get away from being Andy Kaufman."

A mysterious woman's claims that she is the daughter of Andy Kaufman have helped to revive long-standing rumors -- fueled in life by Kaufman himself -- that the comedian may have faked his own death.

The far-fetched admission, reported first by The Comic's Comic and Defamer, occurred Monday night at the Andy Kaufman Awards, held annually at the Gotham Comedy Club. The woman was introduced by Michael Kaufman, Andy's brother, who first explained how years ago he'd discovered an essay in which Andy detailed plans to fake his death. Official records state the Taxi star died in 1984 at age 35, of lung cancer. Were he alive today, Kaufman would be 64 years old.

"I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank," says Al Parinello, a lifelong friend of the comedian who produces the awards. Parinello relayed to The Hollywood Reporter how Michael, whom he describes as "accountant-like" in demeanor and not prone to mounting hoaxes, followed instructions in the essay to meet his brother at a specific restaurant on Christmas Eve, 1999.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: andykauffman; conspiracy; conspiracytheory; deathers; kaufman
WTF!?

If anyone could or would stage such a thing it would be Kaufman.

1 posted on 11/14/2013 8:05:42 AM PST by Bobalu
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To: Bobalu

I never thought he was dead.


2 posted on 11/14/2013 8:06:17 AM PST by DManA
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To: Bobalu

My girlfriend was at the coffee and donuts all night act at the Bottom Line back in late 70s

he would literally invite the whole audience to a 24 hour place for breakfast at the end of his act


3 posted on 11/14/2013 8:07:23 AM PST by wardaddy (we have their bare throats....no time to go wobbly.....destroy them)
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To: Bobalu

He has been a professional wrestler in Mexico for the past 20 years billed as “The Man in the Moon” and “Nacho Libre” at different times.

;—)

Thank you verry much.


4 posted on 11/14/2013 8:07:31 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: Revolting cat!

He became Kurt Cobain but fame has a way of finding you.


5 posted on 11/14/2013 8:07:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Bobalu

Or Kaufman’s brother just playing a new game.


6 posted on 11/14/2013 8:08:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Bobalu

7 posted on 11/14/2013 8:08:50 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Bobalu

8 posted on 11/14/2013 8:08:54 AM PST by Bobalu (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: DManA

Larry the Lobster is still alive.....................


9 posted on 11/14/2013 8:09:43 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Elvis, before he allegedly died, once said Andy was his favorite himself impersonator.


10 posted on 11/14/2013 8:10:26 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: a fool in paradise

He is a speech writer in the Obama administration.


11 posted on 11/14/2013 8:10:59 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: Bobalu
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12 posted on 11/14/2013 8:14:02 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Andy Kaufman Does Elvis Presley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppttxQoc74Q


13 posted on 11/14/2013 8:15:03 AM PST by Bobalu (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: Bobalu

I remember seeing the video of Kaufman when he was wrestling. He grabbed the microphone and held up some shoes and toilet paper and yelled at the audience, “I know none of you have ever seen these before!” The man was funny, but he was crazy.


14 posted on 11/14/2013 8:16:56 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Bobalu

I hear he was the first one to sign up for Obamacare.


15 posted on 11/14/2013 8:17:56 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Bobalu
A mysterious woman's claims that she is the daughter of Andy Kaufman

Like Anastasia.

16 posted on 11/14/2013 8:19:24 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Bobalu
Ehh...I did-not win the Fonzy look-alike-contest?

(The first time I saw him and my favorite line he did.)

17 posted on 11/14/2013 8:21:26 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: blueunicorn6

Tim Conway is the same way in some respects. Once he goes off on a tangent there’s nothing left to do but ride it out.


18 posted on 11/14/2013 8:23:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Bobalu

Kaufman was (is?) the king of trolls. Nothing would surpise me.


19 posted on 11/14/2013 8:24:28 AM PST by steelhead_trout (MYOB)
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To: Bobalu

I thought Jim Carrey’s portrayal of him in “Man On The Moon” was excellent.


20 posted on 11/14/2013 8:24:45 AM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Bobalu

I believe it. I never found this guy funny at all. What some people saw in him as edgy and clever struck me as self absorbed and weird.


21 posted on 11/14/2013 8:26:47 AM PST by old and tired
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Latka was great. Not that wild about Andy.


22 posted on 11/14/2013 8:29:46 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Red Badger

E Be Dah.


23 posted on 11/14/2013 8:30:37 AM PST by DManA
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To: Bobalu

In the age of Obama, we need someone to come and save the day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGx94VPb8V8


24 posted on 11/14/2013 8:32:12 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Bobalu

Tony Clifton lives!


25 posted on 11/14/2013 8:39:45 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Hey Nancy! Ya think these problems could've been avoided if you'd read the bill before passing it?)
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To: Bobalu

“Here I am to save the day!” :-)


26 posted on 11/14/2013 8:40:18 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: old and tired

Kaufman just made me feel uncomfortable. I think that was the point, but it wasn’t something I wanted to watch, let alone laugh at. Instead, I wanted someone to grab him by the neck and pull him off stage to end his misery and mine.


27 posted on 11/14/2013 8:41:38 AM PST by skinndogNN
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah. A lot of the great ones. Jonathan Winters also comes to mind.


28 posted on 11/14/2013 8:49:54 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cripplecreek

A friend of mine looked like Charles Manson.

He had a picture of himself standing with Manson and you couldn’t tell which was which.

He went to a Don Rickles show in Vegas.

DR saw him and proceeded to do his entire show around Charles Manson sitting in the audience.

He said the audience was about to fall out of their chairs laughing.

He said he wanted to crawl out of there but dared not.

After the show DR came and sat with him, had pictures taken, and signed one of the pictures to Charles Manson from Don Rickles.

The casino gave him a couple of thousand to play with. Free room and food.

You would have to kill him to get those pictures of him with DR.


29 posted on 11/14/2013 8:53:46 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Bobalu

I don’t know way Andy was I think he could pull this off


30 posted on 11/14/2013 8:54:07 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Bobalu

Is he still goofing on Elvis?


31 posted on 11/14/2013 8:55:08 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

‘Elvis’ is dead, but he has an uncanny voice impersonator in jon cotner ... and a little (or a lot ) in the face....

A facebook link for this jon guy.....
https://www.facebook.com/jon.cotner.980


32 posted on 11/14/2013 8:57:55 AM PST by delchiante
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To: IMR 4350

I have long thought Rickles to be the best live comic ever. He will find something funny to his audience and just wring it of every drop of humor.


33 posted on 11/14/2013 9:07:25 AM PST by GEC (Obamacare is the #MostEpicFailEver)
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To: Bobalu

That was amazing... I have probably seen that before, but still that was amazing thanks for linking.


34 posted on 11/14/2013 9:12:36 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: IMR 4350
After the show DR came and sat with him, had pictures taken, and signed one of the pictures to Charles Manson from Don Rickles.

The casino gave him a couple of thousand to play with. Free room and food.

I'd bet it was Don Rickles, not the casino, who ponied up on this one. Not well publicized, but that was always his M.O. If he ragged on you in his show, you would never see a bill for your drinks. I know a number of people to whom this happened back in the day.

35 posted on 11/14/2013 9:16:52 AM PST by ssaftler (Obama speaking is like the Fat Lady warming up: "Me Me Me Me Meeee")
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To: ssaftler

You’re probably right, it probably was DR.

Carson even mentioned Rickle’s “Charles Manson” show more than once on his show and how brutal Rickle’s was to him.


36 posted on 11/14/2013 9:34:47 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Bobalu

Thank you very much.


37 posted on 11/14/2013 9:42:19 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Bobalu
Andy Kaufman Awards,

Is that for the most un-funny comedian ?
Bet Al Franken won.

Kaufman was funny in Taxi, of course the lines were likely written for him. What few lines he had.
Aside from that role he was awful. JMO

38 posted on 11/14/2013 9:42:44 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: IMR 4350

I read somewhere that Rickles is actually a very shy guy when he’s not performing. I’ve heard the same thing about Robin Williams.


39 posted on 11/14/2013 9:50:03 AM PST by freepertoo
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Well, he did actually look like Elvis......................


40 posted on 11/14/2013 10:00:43 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: DManA

‘e be daid...............


41 posted on 11/14/2013 10:08:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: freepertoo

He did tell me DR was two different people on and off stage so you’re probably right.


42 posted on 11/14/2013 10:13:19 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: freepertoo

Don Rickles and Bob Newhart are best of friends in real life. Believe it or not.


43 posted on 11/14/2013 12:21:06 PM PST by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: Bobalu
SHOCKER: Andy Kaufman’s "Daughter" Is Actually A New York Actress Whose Real Dad Is A Doctor

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/actress-in-andy-kaufman-hoax-675432

44 posted on 11/14/2013 12:29:51 PM PST by perfect stranger (Nobama)
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To: Bobalu

Never did I know that The Man In Black Himself introduced him, and made that statement - too damn cool!!! Thanks so much!!


45 posted on 11/14/2013 12:54:05 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Bobalu

I remember rumors in the late 1980’s that he had faked his own death.


46 posted on 11/14/2013 2:20:53 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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