This song is called “The Struggle” and it’s been growing on me. It appeared the other day on Spotify, the same day the band behind it, Grizfolk, released its debut EP, called Spark. I’ve not downloaded it yet, but I’m thinking I will. I hope you enjoy it! Oh yes, Grizfolk is from Sweden…that’s all I know right now (except that the song is growing on me).
Update: The alleged daughter is an actress. SHOCKER.
Michael Kaufman, brother of comedian and Taxi star Andy Kaufman, who died of cancer in 1984, says his brother, comedian and Taxi star Andy Kaufman, didn’t die of cancer in 1984 AND IN FACT DID NOT DIE AT ALL!
Now, mind you, he hasn’t actually seen his brother. Or heard his voice. Or made any sort of verifiable contact that is even remotely provable. But at this week’s Andy Kaufman Awards, held annually at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York, Michael took the stage to make his case.
First, he told everyone that Andy wrote an essay about faking his own death years ago, which Michael “discovered” after his death. Fair enough. Then, he related a story from Christmas 1999, when he followed instructions included in that original essay to meet his (dead) brother at a restaurant. There, a man who was not his brother handed him a typed letter from “Andy” saying that he was alive, happy, and “just wanted to get away from being Andy Kaufman.”
Then, in the evening’s main event, he invited a woman on stage. This was not just any woman, though. What would be the point? No, this young lady was none other than Andy Kaufman’s 24-year-old daughter. BUT ANDY KAUFMAN DIED 29 YEARS AGO.
The girl had contacted Michael months before, the story went, because Andy was sad about his father’s death and wanted to reach out to his long-lost brother. And though nobody knew her first name and Michael Kaufman would later say she was “impossible to reach” without offering an explanation, she really sold herself on stage.
As a flighty, unconvincing purveyor of bullshit.
Watch for yourself, courtesy of TMZ:
So Andy “stays at home” and “cooks.” Amazing depth of detail, right?
Anyway, I suppose this story is “developing.” It’s hard to tell whether Michael Kaufman is perpetrating a hoax for his own fame and amusement (probable) or just got bamboozled because he wants to believe his brother is alive (sad if true, but a stretch), but one thing all reasonable people can agree upon is that Andy Kaufman died in 1984 as a result of lung cancer.
But if you want to read accounts from people who believe (or pretend to believe) this story could go either way, and that Andy may have taught himself to stop breathing via meditation to fool the doctors, head on over to Hollywood Reporter, where they also use the hilarious phrase “officially died” to describe his end. Unofficially, who knows? (Note: We know.) I guess we should just be happy they didn’t make the leap to “allegedly.”
On a serious note, it would be bizarre and pretty awesome if Andy Kaufman resurfaced. But it’s not going to happen, and it seems lame and irresponsible for his brother to indulge this line of nonsense when he saw his brother’s dead body in a casket almost 30 years ago. I suppose if there’s a redeeming element to this story, it’s that Kaufman’s comedy is still captivating us three decades later. If only that were legacy enough.Hey everyone, sorry this doesn’t show the clip of Kaufman’s “daughter” but I don’t think it affects the point of this ridiculous story……