10 Questions with Michael Richards

Fifteen years after Seinfeld and seven years after that onstage meltdown, the comic is back on TV

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On your new show, Kirstie, you play the sidekick to an entertainer played by Kirstie Alley. How is that different from your role on Seinfeld?
Kramer didn't have a full-time job. So he was dangerous, because he was always making everything his job. Frank Baxter has been driving Kirstie's character, Madison Banks, for probably 20 years. He's based a bit on a person Kirstie knew who was her driver and like a brother to her.

Do you prefer that kind of comedy, with heart? One of the rules of Seinfeld was "No hugging, no learning."
I played Kramer like...

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