Thursday, November 14, 2013

'Andy Kaufman alive' incident labeled a hoax; watch the video

Andy Kaufman's career was full of both spectacularly funny and spectacularly strange events, and if this claim is true, it would be the strangest of them all -- that Andy Kaufman is still alive. Considering some of his stunts, it wouldn't be out of his nature to run such a prank, though. However, a Thursday report seems to indicate that the incident was all a hoax -- a hoax of Kaufman-esqe proportions.

TMZ reported on the incident on Wednesday. TMZ's report included a video.

In it, and during the closing speech at the Ninth Annual Andy Kaufman Awards at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, an unidentified woman approached the stage. She claimed that she was Kaufman's daughter and that he was still alive and has secretly been living as a stay-at-home dad with a wife and daughter (her).

Notably, Andy's brother Michael, who hosted the event, told a story about a letter he found while rifling through his brother's things. He sai that he found a letter Andy Kaufman wrote that explained a plan to fake his own death.

The latest reports say nay to all this, however. CinemaBlend has pointed out her resemblance to a photo of an actress, Alexandra Tatarsky, on a theater website. The Smoking Gun reports that Tatarsky met Michael Kaufman at a New York gallery during a show featuring a collection of "Andy Kaufman artifacts" and that the two planned the stunt together.

Watch the video and judge for yourself.

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