Comedian Bob Zmuda, known Andy Kaufman collaborator, arrested in Tahoe
BOOKING PHOTO: El Dorado County Sheriff
LAKE TAHOE — Comedian Bob Zmuda, frequent collaborator of the late Andy Kaufman and founder of the U.S. iteration of Comic Relief, has been arrested in the Lake Tahoe area on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
He was arrested by the Tahoe CHP around 12:45 AM on Wednesday, October 16, and booked at the El Dorado County Jail. He later posted $5,000 bond.
Zmuda, 69, is known for portraying the bumbling alcoholic lounge singer Tony Clifton, a character created by Kaufman.
He founded the U.S. version of Comic Relief in memory of Kaufman, who died in 1984, and released a book in 2014 titled Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally in which he claims Kaufman faked his death and will someday reveal the truth.
Zmuda was portrayed by Paul Giamatti in the 1999 film “Man on the Moon.”