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Late Comedians Andy Kaufman And Redd Foxx Will Tour As HOLOGRAMS

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While holograms today aren't quite at the level those found on the holodecks of Star Trek, they're kind of inching towards that in a weird way. Take for example, the fact that late comedians Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx are going on a U.S. tour as holograms next year.

Beverly Hills-based company, Hologram USA, announced today that they're recreating the legendary comedians' likeness and using some of their old recorded stand-up routines to put them on tour, with "residencies in multiple locations in tourist-oriented cities across the country" in 2016, according to the New York Times. They're working with CMG Worldwide, which repped Kaufman and Foxx's estates in the deal.

You might remember some of Hologram USA's previous work, like that time they shocked everyone at Coachella in 2012 with that Tupac hologram. And they also had Jimmy Kimmel host the Country Music Awards in Nashville via hologram from Los Angeles:

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As for Kaufman and Foxx's upcoming shows, Hologram USA sure picked two very different comedians. Kaufman had his own brand of bizarre comedy full of pranks, and Sanford & Son's Foxx didn't shy away from talking about race and sex. On the tour, expect stuff like Kaufman's epic lip-syncing to the Mighty Mouse theme song and Foxx having a moment with Malcolm X.

On the horizon, Hologram USA is planning on some more resurrections, like holograms of the late Billie Holiday to "perform" at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and Whitney Houston "going on tour." If you're feeling icky about this, you're not alone.

The Times said it best:

At best, the shows offer fans fresh opportunities to see the work of artists who each had a significant impact on comedy but have been out of the cultural consciousness for decades. At worst, the holograms risk seeming like crass exploitation of dead performers unable to decide for themselves how their work and likenesses are used.

Vulture argues that it may work for holographic singers, but not for comedians because it requires audience interaction to be funny:
Foxx, one of the raunchiest comedians ever, listened to laughs to know if he could keep on getting dirtier. Kaufman, an anti-comedy pioneer, had to be keenly aware of how much tension and annoyance he was building so he could provide a payoff at the exact right moment.

Samantha Chang, CMG Worldwide's director, has different feelings about it all. She told the Times: "You can now be in multiple places at once, and literally come back from the dead. This idea can be uncomfortable for some, but for others, it's groundbreaking."