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Andy Kaufman's Brother, Alleged Daughter Say Comic is Alive, Faked His Own Death: VIDEO


Is comic Andy Kaufman, who records say died in 1984 of lung cancer, still alive?

That's what some are saying after a bizarre incident this week at the Gotham Comedy Club after a woman, allegedly Kaufman's daughter, was introduced by his brother Michael, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

KaufmanThe 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...

...Michael did so, he said, whereupon a man he did not know walked up to him and handed him a typed letter. The letter, which Michael read for the crowd on Monday night, was allegedly from Andy, who wrote that "everything was great in his life and he just wanted to get away from being Andy Kaufman," Parinello says. The letter also stated that the comedian, famous for his bizarre alter-egos like cantankerous lounge singer Tony Clifton, had fallen in love with a woman and that the couple were raising a daughter together.

The alleged daughter made contact with Michael and was introduced by him at the comedy club on Monday where she explained to the crowd that her father, Andy Kaufman, is alive and that the death of their father made him want to reach out to Michael. Andy Kaufman would be 64 today.

And this would be an insanely successful hoax, if he's not alive, considering it's gone completely viral and is being reported in newspapers around the world.

Head over to THR for the more thorough account of what happened, which even those closest to the Kaufman's are not discounting.

TMZ has posted video of the moment the daughter took the stage as well.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Who?

    Posted by: Poe | Nov 14, 2013 7:52:56 AM

  2. He's dead, they're carrying on his "comic" tradition.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 14, 2013 8:03:08 AM

  3. Talked about faking his death? Sure. Obsessed with the idea, as some have claimed? Sure. Being able to pull it off so well that he got the cooperation of all of the authorities, including getting a dead body so that he could have an official death certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services that you can look up and see for yourself on the Smoking Gun website? No.

    Lot's of people still trying to make money off of his genius? Definitely.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 14, 2013 8:11:42 AM

  4. Although I liked Andy on Taxi, when I saw his performances elsewhere, I was not too crazy about his interpretation of what he found humorous. However, this claim that he is alive is truly in the spirit of the kind of stuff he did.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 14, 2013 9:04:10 AM

  5. Kaufman's death is easily verified if anyone really wanted to do it. Exhume the body and have a look.

    Posted by: Jere | Nov 14, 2013 9:17:14 AM

  6. He wasn't interesting to the majority of people when he was alive and he hasn't become any more interesting to anyone eles since he's been dead.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 14, 2013 10:10:30 AM

  7. And Jim Morrison didn't really die in that bathtub in Paris of a heart attack/heroin overdose, he's been living in a really remote part of Africa since 1971. [rolls eyes]

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Nov 14, 2013 10:23:29 AM

  8. Kaufman was a comedian's comedian. The only guy in the room who could make other comedians laugh. He wasn't really in it for public consumption.

    I don't see how anyone can make too much money on claiming he's still alive unless it helps with DVD sales or something. However, these rumors were debunked years ago.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 14, 2013 10:28:46 AM

  9. DNA tests are cheap and readily available. A comparison test on this alleged daughter and Kaufman's brother would be easy evidence to obtain.

    Posted by: Steve Houldsworth | Nov 14, 2013 11:07:15 AM

  10. Yeah, he, Elvis and Morrison are all hanging out at the local Denny's in Nashville. You can see them nightly. Have at it.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Nov 14, 2013 12:28:12 PM

  11. This does seem like something Kaufman would do.

    Posted by: db | Nov 14, 2013 12:59:41 PM

  12. Worst actress ever?

    Posted by: freddy | Nov 14, 2013 1:52:05 PM

  13. So, where's he been, all this time? Shacked up in a menage a trois love nest with Tupac & Biggie Smalls?

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 14, 2013 9:06:30 PM

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