I’m dead, but that’s no rea­son to stop laugh­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY DAN FRIED­MAN

ANDY KAUF­MAN did not let his con­tempt for jokes get in the way of be­ing Amer­ica’s fun­ni­est per­for­mance artist in the late ’70s. He did not let his lack of wrestling abil­ity get in the way of wrestling Jerry “The King” Lawler in front of a packed Mid-South Coli­seum in Mem­phis in April 1982. And he’s not let­ting his un­timely 1984 death at the age of 35 get in the way of a new tour in 2016.

Thanks to the tech­nol­ogy that brought a de­ceased Tu­pac to play at the Coachella fes­ti­val in 2012 and a late Michael Jack­son to per­form at the 2014 Bill­board Awards, Mr Kauf­man will play live across the US next year.

Ac­cord­ing to Alki David, the founder andCEOof Holo­gramUSA,MrKauf­man and African-Amer­i­can co­me­dian Red Foxx are com­edy “icons” who will be shown at venues across the coun­try.

Holo­gram USA is a ven­ture of Mr David’s Fil­mOn Net­works, an on­line stream­ing TV plat­form that has dis­rupted net­work tele­vi­sion along a se­ries of le­gal fault-lines. The as­so­ci­a­tion with Mr Kauf­man — the char­ac­ter ac­tor from Long Is­land, New York, who loved to dis­rupt all forms of massen­ter­tain­ment — seems apt.

As well as pre­vi­ously recorded rou­tines, Mr David and the Kauf­man es­tate prom­ise sim­u­lacra of his char­ac­ters per­form­ing. How­ever, it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine how a canned Mr Kauf­man could match his peer­less abil­ity in life to get un­der the skin of other per­form­ers and cre­atively up­set au­di­ences.

Thirty years be­fore Sacha Baron Co­hen brought his for­eign man to Amer­ica, Mr Kauf­man’s For­eign Man con­quered Amer­ica’s clubs and then, as Latka Gravas, Amer­ica’s num­ber one sit­com, Taxi. Now, nine years af­ter Bo­rat, Mr Kauf­man will re­turn from the great be­yond to reach the in­ter­net gen­er­a­tion.

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Com­ing back as a holo­gram: Kauf­man

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