Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx have been dead for decades, but the two comedy icons are about to go on tour. Kaufman and Foxx will be tuned into holograms for an upcoming U.S. comedy tour, according to the New York Times on Friday. The estates of the late comics agreed to terms with Hologram USA to create a stage show based on their classic routines, and the virtual performances will hit multiple major cities across the country.
Hologram USA CEO Ali David announced that his company will use its patented technology to create the holograms, while FilmOn Studios will create the content for the shows and distribute online. The Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx hologram performances will also be excerpted and presented at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, and the live shows will tour the United States in 2016.
Andy Kaufman, who was best known for his role as Latka Gravas on the 1970s sitcom “Taxi,” died of lung cancer in 1984 at age 35, but some fans have long speculated that he never died and has been staging a big comeback. The late comedian was immortalized in the R.E.M. song “Man on the Moon,” as well as a Jim Carrey movie about his life. Redd Foxx, who broke ground for black comedy and shot to fame as the star of “Sanford & Sons” in the ’70s, died in 1991. The comedian suffered a heart attack while rehearsing for the CBS comedy “The Royal Family.” He was 68.
Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx aren’t the only entertainment icons going on tour posthumously. According to Rolling Stone, Hologram USA’s first touring hologram will be Billie Holiday, which will take place later this year. In addition, there will be a 2016 Whitney Houston hologram tour, and the company is also working with the estates of music legends Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly and Bing Crosby for future posthumous tours.