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Andy Kaufman: Still Funny, Still Dead

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentReports this week that the long-departed comedian Andy Kaufman is still alive have been debunked. For fans of Kaufman, who had often joked about faking his own death, the news was inevitable, but disappointing. Here’s what happened this week: On Monday, according to reports, the comedian’s brother, Michael, appeared at a comedy club in New York and, while introducing a woman he claimed was his brother’s daughter, read a letter purportedly from Andy. Thursday, the website Smoking Gun reported that the …

Oh, no! Gilligan is dead! I read it on Facebook!

Posted on 09/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentSad, and true: the Skipper’s “little buddy,” Bob Denver — who also starred, unforgettably, as Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis — died. Seven years ago this week, as it turns out. Didn’t remember that? You’re not alone: “news” of his death, reposted and re-tweeted breathlessly with the requisite comments of social media mourning — such as “RIP, Gilligan!” “Another part of my childhood gone” etc. — spread via Facebook and Twitter this week as if he had …