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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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KEYWORDS: 2004obituary; andykaufman; comedian; democratvoter; hoax; obituary; pranks; unobituary
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1 posted on 05/19/2004 7:37:34 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

wow.


2 posted on 05/19/2004 7:39:13 PM PDT by ambrose (AP Headline: "Kerry Says His 'Family' Owns SUV, Not He")
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I'm not buying.


3 posted on 05/19/2004 7:40:01 PM PDT by Protagoras (Control is the objective , freedom is the obstacle.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
He supposedly said that - if his death was a hoax - he would return 20 years later.

I don't expect he will return.

4 posted on 05/19/2004 7:40:10 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: ambrose

Pretty freaky, isn't it?


5 posted on 05/19/2004 7:40:54 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: ambrose

I've been saying he was alive for 20 years. Now maybe they'll believe me about Elvis.


6 posted on 05/19/2004 7:41:15 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ambrose

Is it true?


7 posted on 05/19/2004 7:41:29 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Is it a hoax? I always thought it was a little strange that he had died of lung cancer yet had never smoked. I know that's possible, but not exactly probable.

If he really is alive how could he remain incognito for all these years???


8 posted on 05/19/2004 7:41:40 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: NYC GOP Chick
You mean it was just like Jerry Lawler dropping him on his head. A fake?
9 posted on 05/19/2004 7:41:50 PM PDT by oyez (I know I'm rambling but...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Baloney!


10 posted on 05/19/2004 7:41:50 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds, a pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: DManA

Wouldn't it have been weird if he faked his death, planning to return in 20 years and then died some quiet, anonymous death in the meantime?


11 posted on 05/19/2004 7:42:05 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: NYC GOP Chick

The most obtuse man of the latter 20th century strikes again. Either it's him, a buddy of his who set this up as a gag w/him back when he was dying or it's a merry prankster who, Andy, from beyond the grave would dearly appreciate.

The blog reads like an Andy Kaufman gag. Remember everyone fell for the Jerry Lawler deal. Took Lawler years before he finally fess up that even that was a gag.


12 posted on 05/19/2004 7:42:28 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I'll tell you what's freaky about it:  how totally and completely un-funny I found him.
13 posted on 05/19/2004 7:42:31 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: ambrose; mhking

Just damn.


14 posted on 05/19/2004 7:42:54 PM PDT by Sunshine55 (Bush-Cheney 2004...By George, we've got ourselves a President!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Sorry, but his mother's response is not authentic.

All mothers know that when a lost child is returned to us, our response is not to say "I'm glad to have him back," but to give him a good spanking.


15 posted on 05/19/2004 7:43:13 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: lavrenti

It's likely a gag, but I kinda wish it were true...


16 posted on 05/19/2004 7:43:30 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: dawn53

Andy thrived on drawing attention to himself. How could he go cold turkey for twenty years?


17 posted on 05/19/2004 7:43:33 PM PDT by oyez (I know I'm rambling but...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Mott the Hoople and the game of LIFE
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Monopoly, 21, checkers and chess
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mr. Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Let's play Twister, let's play Risk
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'll see you in heaven if you make the list
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy, are you goofing on Elvis?
Hey baby, are we losing touch?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up their sleeve
Then nothing is cool

Moses went walking with the staff of wood
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Newton got beaned by the apple good
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mr. Charles Darwin had the gall to ask
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis?
Hey baby, are you having fun?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up their sleeve
Then nothing is cool

Here's a little agit for the never-believer
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Here's a little ghost for the offering
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Here's a truck stop instead of St. Peter's
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mr. Andy Kaufman's gone wrestling (wrestling bears)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis?
Hey baby, are we losing touch?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up their sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up their sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believed there's nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool

Andy, I never thought you were funny when you were alive and likely won't change my mind now.  You seem to have put your family through hell.
All accounts come due on judgement day, think about it.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

19 posted on 05/19/2004 7:45:06 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (FReep 'em all, let God sort 'em out.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Its Bob Zmuda pathetic attempt to resurrect a potential money maker thats been dead for 20 years. Dan Ackaroyd has been doing it off John Belushi for the past 20 years.


20 posted on 05/19/2004 7:45:17 PM PDT by Bommer (John Kerry = "You mean I can get a Purple Heart for cutting myself shaving?")
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To: Tim Dr Hook McCracken
This is true!

Good to run into you here! ;)

21 posted on 05/19/2004 7:45:30 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: Psycho_Bunny
I'll tell you what's freaky about it: how totally and completely un-funny I found him.

Me too.

22 posted on 05/19/2004 7:45:33 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"Tank you bery much!"

-PJ

p.s. Here he comes to save the day...

23 posted on 05/19/2004 7:45:52 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

He never meant to be funny. His job, as he said, was not to make you laugh, but to get a rise out of you.


24 posted on 05/19/2004 7:46:38 PM PDT by Guillermo (Simpson, you've got a short in your tail light. It started blinking when you made that turn - Wiggum)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Isn't "shanky" Long Island slang? If so, then this one is a really complex gag.


25 posted on 05/19/2004 7:47:22 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Andy Kaufman tested the boundaries of comedy. He wanted to show how unfunny comedy could be and still be called humor. It is all very zen like.


26 posted on 05/19/2004 7:47:30 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: NYC GOP Chick; All

27 posted on 05/19/2004 7:47:43 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Probably just in time to endorse Kerry


28 posted on 05/19/2004 7:47:45 PM PDT by smith288 (John Kerry has more positions than a veteran prostitute)
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To: ambrose
Where has Andy been for the past 20 years?


29 posted on 05/19/2004 7:47:45 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Good,he borrowed $5 from me 21 years ago,wait'll I catch up with him.


30 posted on 05/19/2004 7:48:08 PM PDT by Redcoat LI
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To: lavrenti

I've never heard of that word!


31 posted on 05/19/2004 7:49:14 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

I liked the message in the Blog where it credits Drudge Report and links to drudgeretort. Total Hoax!


32 posted on 05/19/2004 7:49:52 PM PDT by rocklobster11
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To: oyez
How could he go cold turkey for twenty years?

If that's him, it looks like he at way too much turkey....

33 posted on 05/19/2004 7:50:02 PM PDT by RedWing9 (No tag here... Just want to stay vague...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

So Richard Nixon is due back in 9 years, 11 months and 5 days!


34 posted on 05/19/2004 7:50:07 PM PDT by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, news first, fast, 5 minutes sooner, stay tuned to FReeper Radio!)
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To: MindBender26

Did he promise to pull a gag like that?


35 posted on 05/19/2004 7:50:33 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: Bommer; Guillermo

I think that nails it.


36 posted on 05/19/2004 7:51:02 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (hoplophobia is a mental aberration rather than a mere attitude)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Hmmm. Well, although I never thought Andy Kaufman was particularly talented, if this isn't a hoax I must say he'll get some style points from me.


37 posted on 05/19/2004 7:51:07 PM PDT by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
We're sorry. This release has been placed on 'Dispute Hold'.

http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/5/emw127003.htm

38 posted on 05/19/2004 7:51:32 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro

:(


39 posted on 05/19/2004 7:52:31 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

Well, I heard it from a old office mate from Queens and Hempstead.


40 posted on 05/19/2004 7:53:09 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

This is supposedly him in a recent photo at the Moonlight Bunnyranch.

I posted this picture in the interest of finding the truth of this matter.

41 posted on 05/19/2004 7:53:59 PM PDT by Redcoat LI
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Wouldn't it have been weird if he faked his death, planning to return in 20 years and then died some quiet, anonymous death in the meantime?

Yes, that would be weird.

And what if the anonymous death in-the-meantime also turned out to be a hoax and nobody knew about it.

Everybody would still think his first death was his only death, yet he would have died twice -- both times being a hoax.

Andy Kaufman was...ah, is... funny.

42 posted on 05/19/2004 7:54:04 PM PDT by FreeReign
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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.

I agree... He was pretty lame, compared to his contemporaries (Carlin, Pryor, and Kinison)

43 posted on 05/19/2004 7:54:07 PM PDT by Klaus D. Deore
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Man if Andy and Elvis were both alive what a great thing though, eh? Imagine the concert?


44 posted on 05/19/2004 7:54:13 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Guillermo

After his initial couple of shows on "Taxi," he only got two "rises" out of me: One, to arise to change the channel. The other, the "rise" of the contents of my stomach if I didn't get up in time to change the channel.

After the novelty of him (quickly) wore off, there just wasn't anything.

(I don't believe this website--Just someone cashing in.)


45 posted on 05/19/2004 7:54:30 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Whoever it was did a fine job. Probably someone who knew the M.O. pretty well.


46 posted on 05/19/2004 7:54:52 PM PDT by lavrenti (I'm not bad, just misunderstood.)
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To: dawn53

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.


47 posted on 05/19/2004 7:55:21 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Rooting for the Panthers since 1995.......)
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To: Redcoat LI

Well, I can tell you that there are alot of fake things in that photo...


48 posted on 05/19/2004 7:55:51 PM PDT by flashbunny (Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.)
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To: lavrenti

What does it mean?


49 posted on 05/19/2004 7:56:08 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: nwrep

I know you didn't just have that in your back pocket!


50 posted on 05/19/2004 7:56:23 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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