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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czusJ8YLCg&feature=relmfu