It’s 30 years later and Bob Zmuda, writing partner of the legendary prankster Andy Kaufman, won’t let his friend continue his quiet rendezvous with Elvis. Washington Post writer, Amy Argetsinger, ponders whether stoking decades-old rumors that Kaufman faked his death discredits the man and the astounding pranks he pulled while he was among us.
“Andy Kaufman: Why It’s Time to Celebrate the Comic and Bury the Death Hoax”
by Amy Argetsinger
October 9, 2014
Here we go again.
Thirty years after Andy Kaufman died too young of cancer “” cutting short a brief, sensational career that changed the face of American comedy, and maybe even American irony “” the old Andy Kaufman death-hoax theory is back.
It”™s new and improved for the Internet era, going viral now that the ragtag community of Andy Truthers has been joined by a credentialed ally, Kaufman”™s longtime writing partner Bob Zmuda. In a new book co-authored by Kaufman”™s girlfriend Lynne Margulies, Zmuda recalls years of conversations in which his friend outlined plans to exit show business by faking his own death.
“He said to keep a lid on it for 30 years,” says Zmuda in a phone interview. “It”™s 30 years now. . . . What I”™m doing is sending a telegram to Andy: It”™s time to come in from the cold.” Continue reading “The Case for Giving Andy Kaufman a Rest”