According to reports, Kaufman’s brother brought down the house at last week’s Andy Kaufman Awards show with a winding tale involving a letter, a favorite restaurant, and this conclusion: Kaufman is alive. And the prankster has a daughter, apparently, who also took the stage, and may or may not be a theater student.
Kaufman is known to have one daughter, Maria Colonna, an occupational therapist living in upstate New York, who occasionally breaks from her life to consult on stories about the mystery of her dad.
But Colonna appears not to have been involved in this latest stunt. The girl who joined Kaufman’s brother onstage also reportedly claimed to be 24 years old. If true, that places her birth date after Kaufman’s official death date. The funnyman is said to have succumbed to lung cancer at Cedars Sinai hospital, on May 16, 1984.