I discovered the “Andy Kaufman Returns” blog a few days ago, and I’ve become increasingly fascinated by it, especially as the story gains even more publicity from this press release. Of course I don’t really buy the story. Anyone can issue a press release, and in the blogosphere, nobody knows you’re a dog (or more precisely, nobody knows you’re not Tony Clifton), but the prank is a pretty good one, effectively playing Kaufman’s practice of mixing “reality” and “performance” against the possibilities of performing alternate selves on the Internet. It’s an entertaining read that captures the spirit of Kaufman’s comedy.
Begging to Differ has an interesting post on the topic, commending the pranksters for their thorough research into Kaufman’s biography, and Snopes uncovers several of the prank’s inconsistencies, including the backtracking on some of the information in the press release.