Hologram USA, an American hologram company, announced that it is turning experimental comedy legend Andy Kaufman and the King of Party Records Redd Foxx into holograms that will tour the country.
"They're comedy icons", Hologram US founder Alki David told the Times.
The hologram company is reportedly looking to expand its team of posthumous comics, both Foxx and Kaufman's estates being the most cooperative of the current bunch. He was the subject of the 1999 biographical film "Man on the Moon", in which he was played by Jim Carrey.
Foxx, a beloved nightclub performer and star of the TV show Sanford and Son, passed away in 1991. Kaufman was known for his peculiar, frenzied style of comedy, while Foxx hit audiences with obscenities and brutally honest routines in his distinct raspy tone. "There are a bad lot of dead people with a lot of followers. The fresher the memory, the bigger the star". According to Rolling Stone, Hologram USA's first touring hologram will be Billie Holiday, which will take place later this year.
Michael Kaufman said he tried to approach any potential controversy with the same equanimity his brother would apply: "If someone was having an argument and they looked to Andy to settle it, he would say, 'I think you're right, and I think you're right'". He joked saying that Andy may just jump out from the technology and actually appear on stage.