Tuesday, November 21, 2006

So long Kramer

What can a person say about the actor, Michael Richards, that played the bumbling airhead Cosmo Kramer on 'Seinfeld' for all those many years? On the outside he seemed like a genuine person. He was funny and the way he played his character was so physical it almost always made me laugh.

Then, almost overnight, Michael Richards emerged from the post-Seinfeld curse to perform on stage at L.A.'s 'Laugh Factory' comedy club to do a stand-up routine. Apparently, he isn't used to the occassional heckler which was even the plot line of one 'Seinfeld' episode where Jerry struck back to heckle the heckler at her workplace. That episode was genuinely funny. Michael Richards' act over the weekend was not. After being interrupted by people in the audience, Richards snapped.

In the nearly thre minute tirade, Richards tossed about the word 'nigger' so many times even I began to feel uneasy watching the clip. That just doesn't happen with me.

The civilized thing would have been to admit that you have an anger management issue, proceed to some classes, make a public apology on your own and slither back into obscurity.

But no, the seemingly cowardly Michael Richards only made a public apology, albeit somewhat forced by pal Jerry Seinfeld, on 'The Late Show' with David Letterman.

Sure, it is seen as an apology but his explanation about his uncontrolled racist tirade is overly explained. He bumbles and stumbles through the 'apology' without simply saying that he is sorry. He not only offended, as he called them, 'Afro-Americans' (who the fuck uses a term like that) but anyone with any sort of sensibilities.

I feel almost sorry that someone could be so filled with rage after being merely interrupted or heckled. It happens to comedians. If they are unfunny, they need to take the punches and roll with them.

If his career wasn't already over, it surely is now.

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