Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx Are Going on (Hologram) Tour
Get ready to be terrified by the future just in time for Halloween, because today The New York Times reports that legendary comedians Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx are rising from the dead, in hologram form, to go on tour. A company called Hologram USA is planning to use “the likenesses of Kaufman and Foxx and parts of their previously recorded routines” to put together hologram shows that will tour across the US in 2016. NYT describes Hologram USA’s founder Alki David as “a billionaire entrepreneur,” and the way David talks about the dead comedians he’s turning into holograms is, to say the least, a bit disturbing: “There are an awful lot of dead celebrities,” he told NYT. “There are an awful lot of dead people with a lot of followers. The fresher the memory, the bigger the star … The more shock value at the opening, the better. It’s entertainment, right?”
This isn’t the first time David’s company has made the news — earlier this year it was reported that Hologram USA was working with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York to create a comedy club dedicated to hologram performances of dead comics like Milton Berle, Bob Hope, George Carlin, and Rodney Dangerfield.