Michael Richards

Michael Richards

Michael Richards, the Emmy winning actor who played Kramer on “Seinfeld” to acclaim, is a new man according to Larry David.

Richards, one of the funniest actors in TV history, hit bottom a few years ago after Seinfeld went off the air. He wound up in a career-stopping scandal that involved two alcohol-fueled rants ‘ one racist and the other anti-Semitic ‘ during November 2006 stand up routines at Los Angeles comedy clubs.

Neither event was the Richards any of his friends recognized. It was liquor and anger.

But now Richards, and Kramer, are back. In fact all of the ‘Seinfeld’ stars ”Richards, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld ‘ appear later this summer in about half the episodes of the new season of David’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ on HBO.

I’m told that the Seinfeld cast appears about midpoint in the season and takes the show to its season conclusion.

Neither Larry nor Jeff Garlin, a show producer who plays Larry’s agent, would tell me much more about it.

But Larry did say that Richards ‘is like a new man. He really went through something [with that incident]. He used to be very angry and bitter. He’s completely different now. You can see it, and he can feel it. I’m very happy for him.’

The most I could glean from David and Garlin ‘ and this is just adding a lot of supposition ‘ is that somehow the gang decides to do a reunion show or revive the ‘Seinfeld’ series in some fashion. We can only imagine for now that it doesn’t work out, and fails spectacularly.

‘I told Larry, I said, I can’t believe we haven’t done this before. It’s a natural,’ Garlin told me the other night. (By the way, viewers will see that Garlin has lost a lot of weight. How did he do it? ‘I stopped eating, and I exercised. It actually works.’)

As for David, he opens on Friday in Woody Allen’s really wonderful and funny ‘Whatever Works.’ Old time Woody Allen fans are going to really enjoy this return to a New York comedy. David is a gem, and actresses Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood are cinches for Oscar nominations. There are also great, smaller turns by Ed Begley, Jr. and ‘Tudors’ star Henry Cavill.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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