Sunday, May 26, 2024

Kramer’s Michael Richards on 2006 Comedy Club Incident: “I Busted Up After That”


Jerry Seinfeld and Kramer are back together, sort of. Seinfeld’s latest “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” features Jerry driving around Malibu in a beat up 1962 VW half bus. Richards is still getting over his calamity in a comedy club seven years ago when he got booed off stage at the West Hollywood Laugh Factory in 2006 for what can best be described as a racist outburst. He immediately apologized on “Letterman” and it was referenced again on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” But Richards has pretty much been in self-exile ever since the incident.

Richards and Seinfeld have always been friends, since before “Seinfeld.” And Jerry has remained loyal, which Richards points out poignantly. Watch the video below in our video player. It’s extremely funny and touching. Richards tells Jerry about their hit show: “Sometimes I look back at the show and wish I had enjoyed myself more.” Seinfeld responds: “Michael, I could say the same thing myself.” More importantly, Richards talks about his scandal: “I busted up after that event seven years ago…It broke me down. It was a selfish response. I took it too personally. I should have said, You’re absolutely right, I’m not funny. Inside, it still kicks me around…”

On a personal note, I’ve talked to Michael Richards a couple of times since the scandal. He’s one of the nicest guys. Seven years seems like a long enough sentence.

By the way, if you haven’t seen Jerry’s series, it’s terrific. Don’t miss the episode with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. It’s brilliant.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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