April Applauds Andy Kaufman Alive Anniversary

Andy Kaufman alive image, then and now, time travel footage, death hoax picture - HeadStuff.orgRather than simply celebrating a single fool’s day in April, Headstuff.org dedicates the entire month to the world’s biggest fooler, Andy Kaufman. May 16th is the 30 year mark of when he infamously “faked his death”. Since the anniversary is a couple of weeks away, most of this article will serve as a loose (non-comprehensive) bibliography of events/books/movies/etc in which the spirit of Andy Kaufman has been cryogenetically kept alive since 1984.


But first, where do people get the idea that Andy Kaufman did not actually die of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital? Is Andy Kaufman alive? One of the closest sources of this information stems from Kaufman’s best friend and writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In a podcast interview with Matt Ryan, he says:

“Kaufman did fake his death. I think if you do just Sherlock Holmes deductive reasoning, it will tell you he did. It was in the script, 4 years before he dies, he puts in a Hollywood script that Tony Clifton dies of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He sits me down, tells me he’s going to fake his death. He tells George Shapiro he’s going to fake his death. He tells Lynne he’s going to fake his death. He tells John Moffitt from Fridays he’s going to fake his death…and a year after he tells everybody this… he’s dead…of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. If you just do Sherlock Holmes deductive reasoning…there’s a good chance the guy probably faked his death.”


George Shapiro, Kaufman’s manager was quoted:

“He did talk about faking his death…when he heard John Belushi died…he said ‘Belushi stole my bit! He’s faking his death!'”


John Moffitt from Fridays expressed:

“Andy asked to speak privately to both me and Jack (Burns). We moved into a quiet room away from the others, and Andy closed the door, making sure no one besides us could hear. He told us he was about to embark on the greatest prank of his career and made us swear we would never repeat it to a living soul. He then told us it would be the biggest thing in the history of show business, then he lowered his voice and said, ‘I’m going to fake my death, go into hiding for 10 years, and then reappear.’ ”


Al Terry, one of Kaufman’s earliest fans, said:

“I saw him at Soundstage once. I think he’s still alive.”


Andy Kaufman on Saturday Night Live, SNL performance image, alive, death hoax - HeadStuff.orgAndy met with Saturday Night Live producer Bob Tischler and writers Barry Blaustien and David Sheffield to discuss possible ideas he wished to execute in the new season.Tischler recounted “…but then he (Andy) told the three of us, ‘You know the hoax I’d really like to pull off is my death. But I’m afraid of doing it-because when I do these things, I do them for real, and so I wouldn’t even be able to tell my parents. And I wouldn’t want to hurt them.“




Andy’s ex-girlfriend, Lynne Margulies explains:

“Yeah, we used to discuss the proper — you know, I thought he was just kidding — but what would be the ‘proper’ amount of time to go away for, after he ‘died.’ And at first it was 10 years, but then he decided, no, 10 years wasn’t enough. Twenty years would be good. Ten years — he could see someone going away for that long. But 20 years . . .”

Alan Abel, a professional hoaxer with a laundry list of successful pranks who successfully faked his death, recounted in an interview with Christopher Maloney:

“He read the obituary and he thought it was for real. He was very sad that day and a little annoyed with me too, when we talked a few days later after I surfaced of course…’Now I want to know everything you did.’ So, he queried me on the phone for a couple hours, ‘Well, why did you do this instead of that? Why did you go there and do that? Why did you do this? Why did you do that?’ So he flew over the weekend to New York. Andy was very fascinated by the idea. One of the things I suddenly remembered when Andy’s parents were interviewed after he passed away…on the news, Andy’s parents didn’t seem to be terribly perturbed…and maybe his parents were in on it. So I believe in leaving a bit of the door open for the possibility that he would return.”

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Alan Abel


Kaufman’s friend Bob Pagani, host of the Slycraft Hour, who introduced him to Abel, offers this perspective on David’s Wrestling Asylum Podcast:

“Yeah, it is weird, because he did meet my friend Alan, who faked his own death and he was very very interested in that. And later he died in the hospital that when he wrote the Tony Clifton screenplay, Tony Clifton dies at Cedars-Sinai…To people who are conspiracy-minded, look like they add up to something. I don’t think they do, but I get why people think it.”


This skeleton of a timeline highlights a few of the various milestones along the years honouring the memory of Andy Kaufman:


1986-1998 Comic Relief by Bob Zmuda

1989 I’m From Hollywood movie by Lynne Margulies

1992 Man On the Moon song by R.E.M.

1999 Man On the Moon movie with Jim Carrey

2000 andylives.org goes online

circa 2003 andykaufmanlives.com appears online

2004 Dead Or Alive Show with Tony Clifton

2004-2012 Andy Kaufman Award Show by Michael Kaufman and Al Parinello

2006-2007 Comic Relief by Bob Zmuda

2008 Death of Andy Kaufman film by Christopher Maloney

2010 Dead or Alive show with Tony Clifton

2010 Comic Relief by Bob Zmuda

2011 Andy Kaufman Press Conference

2013 “Daughter” of Kaufman says he is alive at AKA Show

2013 Andy’s Army begins petitions to induct him into WWE Hall of Fame

2014 Controversial Andy Kaufman time travel footage emerges

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By following the puzzlementary trail in the links provided, you’ll unravel more secret doors and historical catacombs of Andy Kaufman hijinx than previously imagined. The Kaufman-Faked-It Matrix reveals supreme intrigue the deeper you collaborate with its growth. It’s like playing a videogame of your own reality show, while at the same time becoming a part of Kaufman’s living inter-web archive! Without further ado, and in no particular organized fashion, here’s a small compilation of crumbs to start your rabbit hole trip:


Andy Kaufman Is Alive song by Watch TV

Dear Andy Kaufman I Hate Your Guts book by Lynne Margulies

Victor Infante article about Steve Rocco

Uncle Andy Lives song by CEC

Andy Kaufman Is Alive forum

Andy Kaufman Returns blog

Khaosology Afterparty

Huffington Post article about Andy Kaufman


theAndyKaufman twitter

Stephen Maddox Archives

Frank Nora interviews Andy Kaufman

Huey Williams Story book by Andy Kaufman

Network 54 forums

#FlashClifton video

Friends of Andy Kaufman Network

Ruby Tuesday Wrestles Andy Kaufman

Kaufman Lives movie by John Lundberg

Khaosology test

Creating Reality with Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman Lives Paper

Andy’s Army Interviews Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman, The Truth Finally by Bob Zmuda

Brad Friedman Andy Kaufman Lives blog

Stephen Maddox on twitter

Random Andy Kaufman Audio

Andy Kaufman song by Thrupence

Heck Yeah Andy Kaufman tumblr

Andy and His Grandmother audio by Andy Kaufman

Found in the Funhouse blog

Khaosology twitter

Will you be holding your breath for May 16th, 2014, to see if Andy Kaufman makes his triumphant return?


Do you think he’s still alive? Let us know in the comments below…


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