Bob Zmuda
American writer
Bob Zmuda
Bob Zmuda is an American writer, comedian, producer and director best known as the sidekick, co-writer and friend of cult personality Andy Kaufman. Bob Zmuda occasionally portrayed Kaufman's Tony Clifton character on stage and for television appearances. In a 2006 interview, Zmuda told the Opie and Anthony Show that it was him as Tony Clifton with David Letterman, and that Letterman did not find out until years after.
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Laugh It Up With the Community This Sunday
East Cobb Patch - over 4 years
Temple Kol Emeth’s third annual Nibble & Noshfest isn’t just about the food and the music; there’s also a night of great comedy. Comedian Steve Mittleman, seen on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Show,” Showtime and HBO, as well as in movies, will be making a single Atlanta-area appearance, and it will be at Kol Emeth this Sunday night. Here’s what some famous funny people have to say about Steve: Jerry Seinfeld—“Mittleman is always funny.” Jackie Mason—“Mittleman is a great comedian! It'll do your heart good to see him in person.” Drew Carey—“You can count on Steve Mittleman to make you laugh. Of course, I’ve been drinking.” Ray Romano—“You can’t go wrong with Steve.” Steve Martin—“He’s very funny.” Mel Brooks: “I love his personality.” Bob Zmuda, producer of HBO's “Comic Relief”—“One of the funniest comics I’ve worked with. And I’ve worked with hundreds.” Find out for yourself how funny funny can be and see Steve Mittleman for yourself. Tickets are $25 ...
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DVD Review: The Death of Andy Kaufman - The Trades
Google News - over 5 years
I know the film was made rather cheaply, but I would have enjoyed an interview with Bob Zmuda who has continued to appear as Kaufman's Tony Clifton character. Since the footage of Kaufman is all in the public domain it tends to be rather grainy and
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DVD Review: The Death Of Andy Kaufman - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Acclaimed director Milos Forman's Man On The Moon (1999) ignited a great deal of interest in his career, as did biographies by Bob Zmuda and Bill Zehme. Bob Zmuda may have known Andy better than anyone. As his partner in crime, Zmuda played a huge role
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He Lit Up HBO. Now He Must Run It.
NYTimes - about 14 years
IN the six months that Chris Albrecht has occupied the chairman's office at HBO, about the only personal touches he has added are the three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and two Peabody Awards lined up on the otherwise empty bookshelf. New couches are on order, he said, as he tries to make himself comfortable in the corner office overlooking the
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Here She Comes to Save the Day!
NYTimes - almost 16 years
Was This Man a Genius? Talks With Andy Kaufman. By Julie Hecht. Illustrated. 170 pp. New York: Random House. $23.95. JULIE HECHT seems drawn to question marks. The manic short-story collection she published a few years ago was called ''Do the Windows Open?'' Now, ''Was This Man a Genius? Talks With Andy Kaufman.'' That's two anyway. Maybe there's
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FILM REVIEW; Exploring the Outer Limits of an Odd Comedic Universe
NYTimes - about 17 years
Andy Kaufman's mind games with his audiences played on an element of the unknown. Whether he was treating everyone in Carnegie Hall to milk and cookies or spewing abuse in his corrosive Tony Clifton mode, it was crucial that the viewer never know whether to laugh or squirm. Kaufman's precocious genius for ironic detachment seemed extreme, to the
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One One-of-a-Kind Comic Impersonating Another
NYTimes - about 18 years
ONE chilly November night, a crowd of about 250 people who looked as if they had been cryogenically frozen 20 years ago and then unpacked for the occasion, poured into the lunchroom of Midtown West elementary school on West 48th Street in Manhattan. Neatly arrayed on the lunch tables in front of them were hundreds of half-pint milk cartons and
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Andy Kaufman's Beloved Antics
NYTimes - almost 22 years
The most original comedian of the last few decades is celebrated with appropriate zest in tonight's NBC special, "A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman." Kaufman was born in New York on Jan. 17, 1949. He died of lung cancer on May 16, 1984. Kaufman was perhaps best known for playing Latka Gravis, the immigrant mechanic on "Taxi." Based on the Foreign Man
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'Comic Relief': Being Funny for a Serious Cause
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: In an earlier time, film makers as different as Charlie Chaplin and Preston Sturges demonstrated that comedy and misfortune make unnatural but sometimes compelling bedfellows. When three of this generation's brightest comedic talents -Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams - collaborated four years ago on a television program to
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'COMIC RELIEF,' BENEFIT FOR HOMELESS, ON HBO
NYTimes - almost 31 years
POP performers have discovered the rewards of a cause. In the past year, top rock groups and other musicians have come together in an effort to help everybody from the starving in Africa to the failing in America's farm country. Talent is donated, publicity is generated and, presumably, people are helped. Everybody gets something, not least the
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CABLE TV NOTES; COMEDIANS TO HARNESS HUMOR ON BEHALF OF THE HOMELESS
NYTimes - almost 31 years
As many socially concerned humorists have pointed out, comedy is not only a laughing matter. And such is the case with ''Comic Relief,'' an effort to harness the forces of humor on behalf of the nation's homeless that will be presented on HBO Saturday evening at 9. Broadcast live from the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the program will
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Zmuda
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 64
    On November 20, 2014, Fugly the KlowN claimed Zmuda paid him to start the rumor.
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    On November 18, 2014, @jeffreygurian on Twitter posted a link to interrobang.com showing a picture of him and Zmuda alive and well, accompanied by a story revealing that FUgly the KlowN had started the rumor on Twitter.
    More Details Hide Details The same day, @UPI on Twitter tweeted confirmation of the hoax: "Fake @UPI article used to proclaim death of Andy Kaufman collaborator Bob Zmuda" with a link to the article on upi.com. FUgly the KlowN himself revealed he created the hoax on November 16, with two pieces of "evidence." First he tweeted from @FUglyTheKlowN: "Sun-Times says #BobZmuda popped a clot & went to the big Bunny Ranch in the sky. RIP. Condolences to @TheTonyClifton," with a picture of the obituary. He then tweeted: "Is #BobZmuda still alive? He's no @TheTonyClifton but even I wouldn't wish his ass dead. Maybe I've been had. #MTV". Underneath was a photoshopped MTV News report with the caption "Comic Relief's Bob Zmuda Dead at 64."
    On November 16, 2014, news circulated the internet that Bob Zmuda died.
    More Details Hide Details The obituary reads as follows: "CHICAGO November 16-- Fox News Chicago has reported that Bob Zmuda, the founder of Comic Relief, suffered a fatal heart attack Friday night at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House, NV. Zmuda, a Chicago native, was born December 12th, 1949. He later gravitated to New York and Los Angeles where he traveled in comedy circles and forged a career as a writer, comedian, producer and director. Zmuda may have been best known for his friendship and work with Andy Kaufman. The pair produced a famed April 1979 performance at New York's Carnegie Hall. Zmuda recently authored a second book about his experiences with Kaufman entitled Andy Kaufman The Truth Finally. He is survived by his sister, Carol Peterson. Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Tarcissus Church, 6020 W. Ardmore Ave, Chicago."
    On November 7, 2014, Bob Zmuda appeared as a guest on Greg Fitzsimmons' podcast, Fitzdog Radio.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Zmuda explained that he invested $50,000 into the book (Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally), and eventually stormed off the podcast after Fitzsimmons doubted Zmuda's intentions regarding Kaufman's staged death.
    In 2014 Zmuda co-authored another book with new anecdotes about Kaufman's desire to fake his death entitled Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, which states that Kaufman's death was indeed a prank.
    More Details Hide Details Zmuda says that Kaufman is still alive and that Kaufman would soon be revealing himself as his upper limit on the prank was thirty years. Zmuda now states that Kaufman offered to leave him money since Zmuda's career was largely dependent on Kaufman performing but he turned it down because he believed it would implicate him in a crime. The terms of the book deal were not disclosed.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    In 1999, Zmuda wrote a book about Kaufman's life, titled Andy Kaufman Revealed!, which purported to unveil many tricks and hoaxes that the two pulled off in front of audiences and television cameras in the 1980s.
    More Details Hide Details One critic praised the book as "the ultimate insider's look at Kaufman's life," while some of Kaufman's fans and members of Kaufman's family criticized it for inaccuracies about Kaufman. Later that year, Miloš Forman directed Man on the Moon, the story of Kaufman's life. Zmuda created the "Tony Clifton" makeup for the film, and made a brief appearance portraying comedian Jack Burns, one of the producers, who gets into a brawl on stage during one of Kaufman's appearances on the 1980–82 ABC Fridays. Zmuda was also Man on the Moons co-executive producer. On camera, the character of Bob Zmuda was played by Paul Giamatti. Stanley Kaufman, Andy's father, criticized Zmuda's influence on the film shortly after its release, writing in the form of Andy speaking from beyond the grave. Sam Simon, executive producer on Taxi, revealed in a 2013 interview with Marc Maron for the WTF Podcast that the portrayal of Andy on the show was "a complete fiction" largely created by Bob Zmuda, who he maintained has a "vested interest" in creating stories about Kaufman. In the interview Simon stated that Kaufman was "completely professional" and that he "told you Tony Clifton was he", but conceded that Kaufman would have "loved" Zmuda's version of events.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, Zmuda founded the American version of Comic Relief, an annual event that raises money to help the homeless in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The event was televised on HBO, and was hosted by comedians Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born in 1949.
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