Ever since Andy Kaufman died of lung cancer in 1984, rumor had it that the comic and hoax artist might have faked his own death. The cagey comedian reportedly contributed to the rumor by suggesting that, if he did falsify his demise, he’d resurface 20 years later to the day. So his friends are planning a tribute party on that day, May 16, on the off chance that he might show up, the Associated Press reports. Bob Zmuda, the ”Taxi” star’s best friend and comedy partner, announced that he’d try to get word of the party to Kaufman, wherever he may be. ”Over 100 personal ads will be taken out across the country and abroad, reminding him of his words,” Zmuda said. ”Will he show?” Tickets to the ”Andy Kaufman – Dead or Alive” bash, to be held at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, promise a ”celebrity reception (hopefully with Andy).” One celebrity who is scheduled to perform, according to Zmuda, is venomous Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton – who was, of course, one of Kaufman’s alter egos. We’re not sure which would be scarier: if Clifton does turn out to be a long-reclusive Kaufman, or if he turns out to be real.
Posted May 11 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'Everybody Loves Raymond' reunion set for ATX Fest in 2016
- Kurt Russell rides again in the cannibal-western 'Bone Tomahawk'
- Snapchat original programming channel 'winding down'
- Beach House stream three songs from surprise album
- Tim McGraw drops video for 'Damn Country Music'
- 'Grandfathered' star Josh Peck talks possible 'Drake & Josh' reunion
- Quentin Tarantino to release two cuts of 'The Hateful Eight'
- 12 Instagram Photos of Pitbull Hanging Out with Celebrities
- 25 Unforgettable Dresses From the Past 25 Years
- Box Office Flops: 19 Notorious Opening Weekends
- EW's 25 Best Movies in 25 Years
- EW Reunions: Bonus portraits of your favorite TV and movie casts
- 'The Walking Dead': 15 Exclusive Storyboard Illustrations From Season 6