Although we don’t hear much from Michael Richards these days, he did appear in an episode of the first season of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2012. After being wheeled around in a 1962 VW bus by his former co-star, Richards was horrified when Seinfeld pulled up at a coffee shop for the coffee portion of the show. “Are we really going in there? Do you mean that seriously? announced Richards. “We can’t just walk in there and say, ‘Hey, we’re not normal people.'” A story he told Seinfeld later in their conversation shed light on his concern.
Richards described vacationing in Bali to get away from the world for a while. But it didn’t happen that way. As he told Seinfeld, Richards was deep in the jungle when he came across some people living there. It wasn’t the kind of environment one would expect legions of fans enthralled by a TV show focused on four self-absorbed singles in Manhattan. But suddenly Richards heard the name Kramer being called between them.
It’s certainly an odd sight, but Richard’s comments about the character, which clearly made him famous around the world, suggest that maybe it actually makes perfect sense. “I could have played Kramer for the rest of my life,” Richards said. “This character would fit into any situation. The soul of this character had great universality.”