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Comedians Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx will return as holograms

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
10.25.15 in AV
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Holographic (really, "Pepper's Ghost") versions of dead musicians have proven successful, so why not comedians from days gone by? Hologram USA doesn't think that's a bad idea, at least. The tech firm has revealed that it's producing visual resurrections of legendary comedians Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx that will go on tour in 2016. Hologram USA says the estates of both celebs are collaborating to make this an "authentic experience," although it's not clear exactly what that means.

The experiment with comedians could prove challenging. Whether or not you believe it's respectful to revive any entertainer as a hologram, comedy has challenges that aren't present in music. After all, many good comedians react to their audiences -- a hologram might not. Will virtual Kaufman know when to break the uncomfortable silence? Will Foxx know when to push your buttons? These recreations may still be welcome blasts from the past, but something tells us that a prerecorded comedy routine won't be as convincing as a concert.

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