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Phases in Michael Richards' portrayal of Kramer

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PostPosted: July 27, 2004 8:04 PM 

I came to the US not many years ago and didn't watch many live shows. So my impressions of the show are mostly based on the re-runs. I wanted to share an observation about the evolution of Michael Richards' portrayal of Kramer over the years.

I can identify 3 distinct phases and styles in which MR played the role. I'm wondering if anyone else shares this at all or is it just me!

1. In the initial years, it was the 'vanilla' version. He's dazed and awkward, but doesn't use any of the odd-ball phrases and unique facial expressions. His dialog delivery is that of a normal human being, none of the 'Kramerisms' have taken root.

2. The glory years. Replete with the complete armor of glorious rants, weirdo mannerisms and 'Krameristic' dialog delivery ("OH YEAH!!", "Yayacatfight!!" etc).

3. Towards the final years, he started over-doing his display of weirdo mannerisms to the point that many of those things didn't seem funny anymore.


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PostPosted: July 27, 2004 8:38 PM 

I was never able to put it into specific catagories, but i like your outlook. I always found the first few years, he was just a goof ball, sort of a take-off of Jim from Taxi. I have to give him credit for developing the character into an event in it's own right, and one of the most original and endearing characters in TV history.. Near the end, I found he became a characature(sp?) of himself, but was still funny.

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PostPosted: July 27, 2004 11:09 PM 

You used the perfect phrase for it..words I couldn't come up with, but my thoughts exactly.."He became a caricature of himself."

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PostPosted: July 28, 2004 2:13 AM 

you are pretty right
in fact, all of the fab 4 had a big evolution, especially Kramer and Elaine

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