Curse? What Curse! 'New Man' Michael Richards and Seinfeld Gang Reunite For Curb


There was a time, about two years ago to the day, when the only apologies being sheepishly delivered on Late Show with David Letterman were from twitchy ex-sitcom stars caught saying some incredibly racist and hateful things on blurry cellphone video. No, Michael Richards' career hadn't exactly been catching fire in the post Seinfeld years, but his Laugh Factory meltdown proved to be just the thing to push him to the next level of Disgraced TV Sidekick Infamy.

But all hope is not lost. Speaking to -- you just can't keep a good Roger Friedman down! -- his former showrunner Larry David cheerfully reports that Richards is "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."

He had the opportunity to observe the non N-word-detonating Richards in his most comfortable habitat: working among the old Seinfeld gang, who had reunited for an arc on Curb Your Enthusiasm's seventh season. reports:

The most I could glean from David and [co-E.P. and co-star Jeff] 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.

It is a natural, and we can't wait to see if the gang can recapture some of the magic while basking once again in that Larry David comedy glow -- even if we'll probably clench up a bit every time Kramer invokes one of his trademarked "Yo digity dogs!"

· Kramer vs. Kramer: Michael Richards Is a Changed Man []


  • Inhaler says:

    I don't think I could watch Michael Richards do anything ever again. That comedy show footage was cauterizing.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Angry and Bitter? Yeah, World-wide success will do that to a person.

  • Colander says:

    Maybe they'll acknowledge it so it's not awkward.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Michael Richards is a very shy person when he is out of character. Why actors like him choose to do stand-up and throw themselves to the wolves instead of doing a collection of characters as a one-man show where the audience has paid to see them, and only them, is a mystery.
    On that video, he was backed into a corner he didn't know how to handle. He was like a trapped animal and started to try and be "edgy", which he is not. If only the ghost of Bill Hicks had appeared on stage and rescued him.
    That single unfortunate moment is not enough to rob us of one of the most classic characters ever created.

  • Inhaler says:

    Michael Richards, is that you?

  • south2nd says:

    Michael Richards actually snapped and went off on at when I was trying to help him at Whole Foods, and I was exceedingly polite.

  • snickers says:

    Michael Richards will have the kavorka again. Maybe.

  • chip_985 says:

    I'm with Sunnydaze. There's nothing that'd justify a tirade like the one Richards put out there but he's never tried to justify it; only admitted he really screwed up and asked, repeatedly and sincerely, for forgiveness. Get over it already. He's done his time.

  • Mike says:

    People make bigger mistakes in life, what about Mel Gibson he is still around. Remember we live in a double standard society and if it was Don Rickles he would have gotten away with it.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    Really? That sucks. I met him early into Seinfeld so maybe the fame changed him. He was just the meekest, most polite guy in the world.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    No, It's Joe Davola and you best hope you and I never run into each other at Whole Foods.

  • SunnydaZe says:

    If he had been funny in his tirade he would have gotten away with it. Funny seems to be the key to getting away with things. Ask David Letterman. . .