Sunday, October 25, 2015


Okay, Foxx I can kind of see. He was known for his jokes and stories. Given the available options I'd prefer to listen to the jokes on old Redd Foxx records/YouTube clips than go spend an arm and a leg on the temporary illusion that he's still alive, but it's your night out.

Andy Kaufman, though? His act was irreproducible by definition. The point of his comedy wasn't the jokes he told, because he didn't really tell any. It wasn't even stunts like doing his laundry on stage, at least not in themselves. It was that his mind was always working, and you never knew what it would come up with. Not really something you can get from what is essentially a 3D video recording.

My one hope is that he might have ordered all this as a prank thirty odd years ago. I don't know, maybe he was reading a lot of William Gibson.


susan said...

Mr. David, a billionaire entrepreneur, said in an interview that while the company is “working with other estates of famous funny guys and funny girls, these just happened to be amenable estates who see the vision.”

Sheesh! You're only left to think that only Redd Foxx's family and Andy Kaufman's were desperate enough for the money, eh? Lame as the whole idea seems to be I guess there's no real harm so long as they don't change what they said. Some things are just too creepy to contemplate.

Ben said...

Money is probably a factor in a number of these cases. Even Billie Holiday might have had distant relations ("Rich relations give crusts of bread and such") who could use the money brought in by her hologram.

And the idea of Digital Zombie Kaufman using his foreign man voice to shill Pepsi or Android phones is certainly enough to give you the heebie-jeebies.