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Friday, May 21, 2004
Andy Kaufman: dead comedic legend or bored blogger?
Is Kaufman dead? Alive? Either way, he should make up his mind. Just when the whole world was convinced Kaufman wasn't going to pull a Lazarus move after his 20-year absence, this turns up (gracias, WWB).
Yes, it's probably phony but what if isn't? What if Kaufman really is making public appearances at Vegas brothels? What if he really does plan on touring the country's Starbucks? This all certainly sounds like the sort thing he would pull if he rose from the dead.
If Kaufman does suddenly pop up on Letterman to prove he's still alive, it'll be the greatest publicity stunt/piece of performance art ever. Even if that blog is a fake, I'm sure the comedian would approve. After all, Kaufman made a living screwing with people's heads.
On a completely separate note, I've spent a good part of the afternoon watching Kindergarten Cop on the office TV. I vaguely remember seeing it when I was kid and had completely forgotten about the movie's darker moments. The first 20 minutes is humorless and mean before the film awkwardly takes Arnie from the mean streets of LA to an Astoria grade school.
Throughout the rest of Cop's running time, it cuts back and forth from cutesy kid humor to gritty witness protection mayhem. In short, I think this may be the only film production that ever attempted to combine a goofy kids movie with a gritty cop drama.
The ferret, however, was quite good.
In my book, a certain Spielberg production starring a certain hobbit holds the title for best Astoria movie ever. BTW, the proposed sequel is now dead in the water.