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.