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The Church of Andy Kaufman (C.A.K.)
We believe that Andy Kaufman, the man
and spirit, the ONE, was sent to this earth to free us from all
badness and sadness. Why do we believe these things? Why?
Andy Kaufman "died" on May
16 of 1984 (Esquire, November 1984). Many have said that he will
reappear from being "dead" sometime in late 1999 or
early 2000. Andy Kaufman himself intimated to others that this
was his wish: that he would "die" and reappear sometime
in the future (Andy Kaufman Revealed!, Zmuda et al. 1999, pages
252, 253). Others believe he would not return for at least 20
years (Andy Kaufma Homepage, close friend of Andy Kaufman,
http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/final.htm). Regardless of when,
many believe that Andy Kaufman will return at some point. We have
no reason to believe that this will not occur. We subscribe to
the belief that Andy Kaufman will one day return, and we believe
in it unconditionally.
The Humor Man
Andy Kaufman was a man of great humor
who spread happiness throughout the world (Rolling Stone
Yearbook, 1984, Robin Williams quote: "....and the world was
the punch line"). This is fact. It is well known that Andy
Kaufman spread this happiness through various mediums including
television, video tape, and motion pictures (Rolling Stone, April
30, 1981; http://www.amazon.com). We also know that he spread
this happiness (some call it humor) on at least three different
levels. He made the sophisticated individual laugh with his
absurdist merrymaking. His escapades on the popular television
series "Taxi" were designed to make all laugh,
particularly non-sophisticated individuals. And his ventures in
All-Star Wrestling brought smiles to many "others".
With his jokes, funny characters, mannerisms, movies, music, AND
writing (http://www.andykaufmaninprint.com), he did practically
everything to make man and womankind laugh and think of humor. No
one in the history of man and womankind had ever imparted such an
original form of funny entertainment before. These ideals of Andy
comprise the Humor Man. The manifestation of the Humor Man is but
another reason why we believe so strongly that Andy Kaufman is
Spirit of Good
We accept the premise that Andy
Kaufman lived a public life that was intentionally and largely
fraudulent in his adventures of spreading his happiness to all
(Andy Kaufman Revealed! Zmuda et al, 1999, see entire book). We
believe first that he did this to protect himself from the
feeding frenzy of the press and other problems that would be
associated with such spiritual celebrity (As an example, see any
of the Enquirer articles relating to Andy Kaufman prior to May
1984). Once he has reappeared, he will be a different person
altogether. This we believe. And when Andy Kaufman reappears, we
believe he will have the strength to accept such irritants of
modern day. Secondly, his fraudulent behavior, we believe, was
largely put forth as a means of entertaining the masses as
aforementioned. And this he did. Please note that we do not take
offense at his so-called fraudulent actions because they were
effected as (a) a protective measure from the foul beast of
frenzied press and (b) a means of entertaining as the role of
Humor Man required. It should be further noted, however, that
much of the fraudulent behavior effected by Andy Kaufman
(particular during the Wrestling Period of His Life) was of a
negative flavor and tone (Examples of words used to describe Andy
Kaufman during this Period: blowhard, chauvinist, villain, etc.
taken from Rolling Stone, May 15, 1980). Taking these aspects
into consideration, it should be readily apparent to even a
casual observer that Andy Kaufman was actually a very good man.
In other words, we believe that the opposite of Andy Kaufman's
fraudulent behavior (which we agree was less than wholesome) was
positive energy to be awed (Rolling stone, July 5, 1984, Judd
Hirsch quote: "His was a rare spirit - an indomitable
one."). We believe this opposite of the public persona of
Andy Kaufman to be the real Andy
Kaufman, and this appears to have been suggested by someone who
knew Andy Kaufman (Extra Daily News, "Inside Andy
Kaufman," May 24, 1999,
http://www.extratv.com/cmp/spotlight/1999/05_24b.htm). He being
so good in reality that we believe this is added evidence that he
is the ONE. Once the ONE has reappeared, he will no longer have
need to practice fraudulent behavior. This we believe.
Source of Positive Works
He touched the lives of an
overwhelming number of people and helped many. We may never know
exactly how many he helped. It cannot be ignored that Andy
Kaufman helped the downtrodden individuals of modern society. For
example, it is known that Andy Kaufman walked among prostitutes
(Andy Kaufman Revealed!, Zmuday et al, 1999, pages 161, 162).
Andy Kaufman also provided direct religious mentoring on
occasions (Andy Kaufman Revealed!, Zmuda et al, 1999, page 205).
In addition, Andy Kaufman provided examples of good living
through his profound interest in Transcendental Meditation
(http://www.andylives.org/index2/research/research.html). This we
These aspects of Andy Kaufman as Humor
Man, Spirit of Good, and Source of Postive Works, under scholarly
evalution, should convince anyone that Andy Kaufman is in fact
the One. This we believe.
What are we? Basically, we are a few
people, as of now, that believe the above elements concerning
Andy Kaufman. Our origins began and evolved over the past 5 years
and culminated in our presence within the recently established Christians for Andy
Kaufman Society. We have since come to the
realization that the group was basically a
secular group masquerading in a religious cloak.
Conditions therein were simply intolerable. Irreconcilable
differences with the leadership therein* caused us to depart and
begin anew. This web site, though hastily constructed, is a
signpost to our future and a means to spread our beliefs before
the ONE returns. Please visit often. We are in our infantile
state at this time and welcome any help you may provide thusly.
We welcome your comments and
suggestions via email. Please Click here.
CAK OFFICIAL FORUM
A place to discuss the life of Andy Kaufman
and his return.
*Although we find the founder of
Christians for Andy Kaufman Society to be simply brilliant, he is
not what he thinks he is. He is barely born-again and extremely
It should be noted that Church of Andy
Kaufman is not in any way affiliated, directly or indirectly,
with the Kaufman Estate, Comic Relief, or Robert Zmuda.