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Comic Relief founder, buddy of Andy Kaufman Bob Zmuda busted for DUI

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Bob Zmuda (back) and Billy Crystal at 1988 Comic Relief/AP, Susan Walsh

Comic Bob Zmuda, a longtime collaborator of Andy Kaufman, was arrested early Wednesday morning on a misdemeanor DUI charge, the El Dorado County, California, Sheriff’s Department said.

Zmuda, 69, was released on a $5,000 bond. Police did not release any further details.

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Zmuda had a longtime friendship and working relationship with Kaufman, the sometimes caustic and often misunderstood actor-comic who frequently staged elaborate hoaxes and portrayed odd characters like Foreign Man — who became his character Latka Gravas in the Taxi TV series — the Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion of the World, and lounge singer Tony Clifton, who was sometimes played by Zmuda.

Kaufman died of cancer in 1984.

In 2014, Zmuda wrote a book about Kaufman, claiming that Kaufman had faked his death and would be returning to reveal the hoax shortly.

Zmuda also founded Comic Relief, an annual charity evident raising money to help those in need, in memory of Kaufman. Comic Relief ran from 1986 until 2010.

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[Featured image: Bob Zmuda/El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office]