Author: Peter Kuri
Published: March 21, 2023 / 11:30 am EST
Updated: March 21, 2023 / 11:30 am EDT
Editor’s Note: The video above is dedicated to the anniversary of John Candy’s death.
STAMFORD, Conn. (WGN) – The legacy of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman continues to grow nearly 30 years after his death.
According to the WWE website, Kaufman will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame class along with Rey Mysterio and The Great Muta.
“The rivalry between (WWE Hall of Famer Jerry ‘King’ Lawler) and Kaufman became national news, leading to the legendary Late Night with David Letterman exchange,” writes WWE.
“Kaufman’s interaction with Lawler changed the business and paved the way for future superstars like Johnny Knoxville, who honored the comedian with his WrestleMania 38 ring gear.”
Kaufman was best known for his unorthodox style of stand-up comedy as well as his appearance in Taxi. His turn as a wrestler was even dramatized in the 1999 biopic Man in the Moon, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman.
Andy Kaufman died in 1985 after a battle with cancer. He was 35.
The WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be streamed on Peacock on Friday, March 31st.