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Andy Kaufman Returns After 20 Years (WTF?!?!?!)
PRWeb via Yahoo ^ | 5.19.2004

Posted on 05/19/2004 7:37:34 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 2004obituary; andykaufman; comedian; democratvoter; hoax; obituary; pranks; unobituary
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To: lavrenti

Thanks for nailing it. I liked Kaufman.
I think that anybody who furrows their brow in confusion at a smiling guy who rhythmically pats his tape player as it plays the theme from Mighty Mouse should probably go back to the Three Stooges.


101 posted on 05/19/2004 8:16:39 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I'll wait for the DVD. Read a lot instead.


102 posted on 05/19/2004 8:16:54 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

But I'm certain you just said...oh nevermind.

Did I ever tell you about the gremlin I saw on an airplane wing once? He was laughing because he'd just saved a bunch of money by switching to Geico.


103 posted on 05/19/2004 8:17:09 PM PDT by Petronski (They could choose between shame and war: Some chose shame, but got war anyway.)
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To: lavrenti

The first few seasons are already out on DVD! No more excuses from you, Mister!


104 posted on 05/19/2004 8:17:46 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Scenic Sounds

Were you involved in this?


105 posted on 05/19/2004 8:18:15 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: Lancey Howard

Also Ernie Kovacs.


106 posted on 05/19/2004 8:18:44 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
p.s. Here he comes to save the day...

Mr. Trouble never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound...
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way.
Yessir when there is a wrong to right
Mighty Mouse will join the fight
On the sea or on the land
He gets the situation well in hand
So though we are in danger We never despair
Cause we know that where there's danger He is there!
He is there! On the land! On the sea! In the air!
We're not worryin' at all
We're just listenin' for his call
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!

The Mighty Mouse sketch was so cool and so confusing at the time...I don't know what to make of this...also would be kind of cool and confusing if true. Maybe his family has known he was alive the whole time and maybe this is a total hoax. Hmmmmm.......I'm confused...but its cool. <8^)
107 posted on 05/19/2004 8:18:59 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Petronski
Did I ever tell you about the gremlin I saw on an airplane wing once? He was laughing because he'd just saved a bunch of money by switching to Geico.

Except for the Geico part, that sounds like one of the stories in the Twilight Zone movie -- John Lithgow played the passenger who saw the thingie on the wing!

108 posted on 05/19/2004 8:19:51 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I have the first season sitting here. Haven't gotten around to it.


109 posted on 05/19/2004 8:19:55 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

William Shatner played the role on the television show.


110 posted on 05/19/2004 8:20:33 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: lavrenti

You *really* need to watch it!


111 posted on 05/19/2004 8:20:41 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: lavrenti

Yes, that's right! :)


112 posted on 05/19/2004 8:20:56 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I saved a lot on my insurance by not having a car.


113 posted on 05/19/2004 8:21:06 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: lavrenti

Me too! :)


114 posted on 05/19/2004 8:21:38 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I feel very un-Texan by not driving.


115 posted on 05/19/2004 8:23:11 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: lavrenti

Well, you also sound very un-Texan!


116 posted on 05/19/2004 8:25:05 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: lavrenti

And perhaps the greatest comedic genius in history, Soupy Sales.


117 posted on 05/19/2004 8:25:16 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: All

We are all Andy Kaufman


118 posted on 05/19/2004 8:26:09 PM PDT by woofie ( 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.....
119 posted on 05/19/2004 8:26:26 PM PDT by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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To: cincinnati65
Is it a hoax???? You betcha. And I don't even think it's Zmuda. What was the big tipoff? In his pictures at the Bunny Ranch, he refered to Tony Clifton as a "character". Tony was NEVER a character; he was a completely separate person in Andy's world. Zmuda knew that.

 

BINGO!!! EXACTAMUNDO!

That's what jumped out at me while reading thru that crapola site.

120 posted on 05/19/2004 8:26:45 PM PDT by Ragirl (Vote in '04 ! Those who sit on their hands end up with poop on them.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I like the idea of the mobster going to a MSW.

Historically, the most neurotic gangsters were Jersey's Longie Zwillman and Ernie the Boot. Alhtough he was living in The Bronx, Dutch Schultz was mainly Jersey (most of his business was there); my grandfather had tons of stories about what a weirdo he was.


121 posted on 05/19/2004 8:27:15 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: Starve The Beast

Thanks for taking the time to share that with us!


122 posted on 05/19/2004 8:27:25 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

This, if legit, would blow my mind. WOW!


123 posted on 05/19/2004 8:27:35 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: lavrenti

Oddly enough, so did my grandfather!


124 posted on 05/19/2004 8:27:53 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Bull.

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

125 posted on 05/19/2004 8:27:54 PM PDT by mhking (Don't wait for the translation, ANSWER ME NOW!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I'll tell you what's freaky about it: how totally and completely un-funny I found him.

Totally. His faking his death and getting out of the way of talented people was the best favor he could have done us.

Newsflash, Andy: Taxi was your high note, and it wasn't very funny.

126 posted on 05/19/2004 8:28:44 PM PDT by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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To: cincinnati65

He would show up as a waiter at the Friars Club.

A few entertainment biggies and comedians would recognize him...Then he'd disappear again.
That would be more his style if it were a hoax.
No way anything as tawdry as the internet.


127 posted on 05/19/2004 8:29:34 PM PDT by Will_Zurmacht
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Except for the Geico part, that sounds like one of the stories in the Twilight Zone movie -- John Lithgow played the passenger who saw the thingie on the wing!

Lithgow is good, but Shatner rules!

128 posted on 05/19/2004 8:31:04 PM PDT by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I didn't notice that he was gone, of course I never noticed when he was here either.


129 posted on 05/19/2004 8:31:07 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What do they call children in Palestine? Unexploded ordinance)
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To: cincinnati65

I remember this guy a few years ago on Yahoo APA board say he is THE Tony Clifton. Who knows?


http://finance.messages.yahoo.com/bbs?.mm=FN&action=m&board=7080778&tid=apa&sid=7080778&mid=4882


130 posted on 05/19/2004 8:31:18 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Starve The Beast

I never saw the episode with Shatner.


131 posted on 05/19/2004 8:31:52 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

He's dead, Jim


132 posted on 05/19/2004 8:31:58 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Pure and utter BS.


133 posted on 05/19/2004 8:32:13 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04...It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: Tim Dr Hook McCracken

Verrrry good! :D


135 posted on 05/19/2004 8:32:43 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Will_Zurmacht

Bingo. I see a couple of those. Let the buzz build. Then, something HUGE. I had this thought. Andy shows up at the All-Star game as the behind the plate ump (hence the mask). First inning, a couple of bad calls. Progressively worse calls as the evening goes on. Calling a home-run hitter out because he stepped out of the batter's box. Throwing a "local" favorite out because his pants were too short, stuff like that. By the eighth inning, EVERY call is a BAD call. The fans are booing like crazy, to the point of throwing stuff on the field. Finally, after the game, Andy reveals it was him all along.


136 posted on 05/19/2004 8:34:14 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Rooting for the Panthers since 1995.......)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

The passenger in the original b/w version was Shatner.


137 posted on 05/19/2004 8:34:30 PM PDT by Petronski (They could choose between shame and war: Some chose shame, but got war anyway.)
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To: DManA

There is a psychiatrist in the kcmo area who swears he's been treating elvis. He says that he wrote a book about it, and even displayed a pic of a much thinner elvis (with thick white hair) on the local news. He was supposed to come out last year..we're still waiting. :)


138 posted on 05/19/2004 8:34:32 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Caesar Soze
What matters is the story; the story endures, and the myth has a life all its own.

True, true...its a "messing with your mind" kind of thing and after you've discussed it all night and the liquor's all gone, somebody finally says, "well screw it...I got to be at work in a couple of hours" and leaves.

Then, after he leaves, someone says, "you know, that dude that left a little while ago?" (crickets, crickets) "Kinda looked a little bit like Andy Kaufman..."
139 posted on 05/19/2004 8:35:49 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: NYC GOP Chick; muleskinner
In the original 50's TZ series, he was the guy who saw the thing on the wing. Looked like a guy in a gorilla suit.

Ever see the first Third Rock episode with Shatner? Lithgow asks him how his flight was, Shatner replies, "Terrible! I kept seeing this awful thing on the wing!" Lithgow looks horrified, retorts "That happened to me!!"

140 posted on 05/19/2004 8:36:17 PM PDT by Starve The Beast (I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused)
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To: Redcoat LI

Outstanding, which one is she?


141 posted on 05/19/2004 8:37:47 PM PDT by Iberian
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To: Salamander
I'm with you. I'll believe this when Jim comes out of his Mexican bar.
142 posted on 05/19/2004 8:40:19 PM PDT by gracie1 (Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?)
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To: pepperdog
Who is/was/is Andy Kaufman?

Well, he wasn't one of our better wrestlers.

143 posted on 05/19/2004 8:41:17 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: lavrenti

Having grown up in the artistically barren Houston area in Andy's "prime" I had the opportunity to develop my own sense of humor. I find myself gravitating to the more absurd and/or honest comedy. Kaufmann, Monty Python, Drew Carry, Dave Attell, Louis Black, Eddie Izzard (though my extreme conservative friends find him appalling since he's a transvestite he's incredibly funny), Chris Rock (sure he curses allot, but that's his background) MadTV, Conan O'Brien, and CNN (again absurdly funny since I don't quite get them)

Æ


144 posted on 05/19/2004 8:45:04 PM PDT by AgentEcho (If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers)
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To: nwrep

If the info on that death certificate is correct there is no record of it in the SSA death master file.


145 posted on 05/19/2004 8:46:12 PM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I dont know, Yankee Chick. Could be another hoax.


146 posted on 05/19/2004 8:47:26 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: Caesar Soze

Gaiman kicks ass. Neverwhere and American Gods were great.


147 posted on 05/19/2004 8:47:43 PM PDT by TheLurkerX ("Spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans & spam.")
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To: Petronski

That was the episode with Hillary and Bill Shatner, right?


148 posted on 05/19/2004 8:49:35 PM PDT by TheLurkerX ("Spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans & spam.")
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Hey! I ain't no Yankees fan!


149 posted on 05/19/2004 8:50:27 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: Redcoat LI

Though the man in the picture seems firmly behind the women's movement, I do not think he is Kaufman. Why still hide your face in a rubber mask if you are claiming to have come back?


150 posted on 05/19/2004 8:50:30 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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