Saturday, May 16, 2009Does Andy Live?
Today (well, okay, technically yesterday, as late as I am getting to this) is the 25th anniversary of the death of Andy Kaufman. According to at least one website, he's still alive.
Personally, I don't buy it. And that website is the biggest reason why.
It would be wonderful, delightful, heartening to think that he'd pulled it off, that he'd faked his death and gone to ground waiting to re-emerge, or not, at some future date. But this far on, that almost seems too obvious for Andy. I mean, to "die" and then reappear after one year or three decades would be interesting, and sort of cool, but really, where's the fun in it? For him or for us? And wasn't that always the ultimate point with Andy? The fun?
The person who slapped up that website is blatantly obviously not Andy Kaufman, and doesn't even seem to especially understand Andy Kaufman. Which is either the best evidence that it really IS Andy, or the best evidence that not only is Andy gone, but that even if he reappeared, he'd be irrelevant now.
Put it this way: if that really were Andy Kaufman, then I'd just as soon Andy stay dead. If that was what he became, then he's outlived his usefulness to us anyway. But the better joke, the more sublime joke, is almost certainly also the reality: that Andy died of cancer 25 years ago today, and all these years later, we're still doubting.
I mean, that's pretty fucking funny. |