In this post we take a look at the many faces of the one and only, Cosmo Kramer. From his early days as a mailman, to his years as a successful businessman, Kramer has always been a character of many talents and interests.
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The Early Years
Cosmos Kramer was born in Newark, New Jersey, in the year 1933. His parents, Babs and Abraham, were first generation immigrants from Germany and Russia respectively. Kramer grew up in a diverse and poor neighbourhood. Despite the struggles of his early years, Kramer developed a strong work ethic and determination to succeed.
The Seinfeld Chronicles
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David pitched The Seinfeld Chronicles to NBC in May 1988. The network liked the pilot but decided to pass on the show. However, they later had a change of heart and picked up the series in July 1989. The show was then retitled Seinfeld and ran for nine seasons on NBC, airing 180 episodes.
Cosmo Kramer was one of the four main characters on Seinfeld. He was played by actor Michael Richards and was known for his eccentric fashion sense, his love of food, and his catchphrase “giddy-up!” Cosmo Kramer first appeared in the show’s second episode, “The Stake Out,” and quickly became a fan favorite.
In addition to being one of the funniest characters on television, Cosmo Kramer also had some of the most memorable moments in Seinfeld history. Here are just a few of our favorites:
The time he threw aberry at Newman: In the episode “The Chinese Restaurant,” Cosmo gets into an argument with Newman (played by Wayne Knight) and ends up throwing a strawberry at him.
The time he tried to quit smoking: In the episode “The Smoker,” Kramer decides to quit smoking but finds it harder than he thought. He eventually turns to electric cigarettes but they end up giving him a verbal tic that drives everyone crazy.
The time he got lost in Central Park: In the episode “Lost in Space,” Kramer gets lost in Central Park while trying to find his car. He eventually stumbles upon a group of hippies who help him find his way back home.
Whether you’re a Seinfeld fan or not, there’s no denying that Cosmo Kramer is one of the most iconic characters in sitcom history. Thanks for all the laughs, Michael Richards!
Cosmo’s First Appearance
fans were first introduced to Cosmo Kramer in the show’s fourth episode, “The Robbery.” In it, Kramer bursts into Jerry’s apartment to hide from a neighbor who he thinks is trying to rob him. The neighbor, of course, is just trying to borrow a cup of sugar.
This was the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between Jerry and Kramer (though they didn’t become friends until the show’s fifth episode). From that point on, Kramer became one of the most iconic characters on “Seinfeld,” known for his slapstick humor, physical antics, and catchphrases like ” Festivus for the rest of us!”
The Middle Years
Jerry’s eccentric next-door neighbor, Kramer, was originally only supposed to be a one-time character on the show. He was based on a real-life neighbor of co-creator Larry David. Kramer was initially set to be the man who helped Jerry and George steal cloth from a clothing store, but the character proved to be so popular that he became a regular on the show.
The New Adventures of Old Cosmo
In the later seasons of Seinfeld, Kramer goes through a bit of a metamorphosis. He ditches his signature jean shorts for Dockers, grows a soul patch, and starts going by his given name, Cosmo. The changes to his wardrobe and grooming habits are subtle, but they represent a new chapter in Kramer’s life. He’s no longer the zany sidekick; he’s a fully-fledged member of the cast.
This new version of Kramer is less slapstick and more cerebral. He’s still impulsive and eccentric, but he’s also capable of surprising insight and intelligence. His friendship with Jerry takes on a new depth, and he forms close bonds with both Elaine and George. In short, Kramer becomes a fully-rounded character.
The Middle Years is a great time to get to know the real Cosmo Kramer. He’s still got all the energy and charisma of the young man we met in Season 1, but he’s also grown into a wiser, more reflective person. If you’re looking for laughs, you’ll find them in The Middle Years. But if you’re looking for something more, you’ll find that too.
The Return of Old Cosmo
With Jerry Seinfeld out of the show for good, it was up to Larry David and the writers to keep Seinfeld afloat. In the eighth season, they did just that with a plotline that saw Kramer (Michael Richards) going back in time to 1958. In “The Little Kicks,” we see a glimpse of what Kramer was like way back when, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would expect. He’s still got his big dreams and his unique way of looking at the world, but he’s also got a lot less hair.
The Later Years
After Seinfeld ended in 1998, Jerry Seinfeld kept himself busy with a string of successful comedy specials and a web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Meanwhile, his former co-star, Michael Richards, largely disappeared from the public eye. In 2006, Richards made a highly publicized return to television with an appearance on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The End of Seinfeld
In 1998, after nine seasons, Seinfeld ended. The series finale was watched by 76 million viewers and is still the fourth most-watched series finale in U.S. television history.
Cosmo Kramer was one of the show’s most iconic and memorable characters. He was known for his wild fashion sense, his love of food, and his knack for getting into (and out of) trouble.
After Seinfeld ended, Larry David went on to create and star in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jerry Seinfeld starred in and co-wrote the animated movie Bee Movie. He also created and starred in the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Michael Richards went on to star in the sitcom Viva Laughlin and made guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He also did some stage work, appearing in a production of Spamalot in 2006.
Since Seinfeld ended, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won eight Emmys (including two for her role on Seinfeld). She has starred in two successful sitcoms: The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep.
The Return of Cosmo
Kramer’s reappearance after being absence for most of season 9 has lead to much debate among fans. Some believe that he was never really gone and was just hiding out, while others believe that he may have been in rehab or prison. One thing is for sure, though, and that is that the return of Cosmo Kramer was a welcome one.
After being gone for so long, it was great to see Kramer back to his old antics. He was still the same lovable goofball that we had come to know and love, but there were also some noticeable changes. For one, he seemed to be a lot more laid back and mellow than before. This could be attributed to the fact that he had been through some tough times and had learned to take things a bit more slowly.
Kramer also appeared to be much more charitable in his later years. He was always willing to help out anyone in need, whether it was giving them a place to stay or just lending a helping hand. This was a far cry from the often self-centered Kramer of old.
All in all, the return of Cosmo Kramer was a happy one. He may have changed a bit from his earlier years, but he was still the same lovable character that we had grown to know and love.