Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge "Seinfeld" fan. I can't go more than a few sentences before I drop a Seinfeld-ism or make some real-life parallel to a Seinfeld episode -- not that there's anything wrong with that!
So, imagine my joy when I learned there was a new comedy video of Seinfeld & Kramer (Jerry and Michael Richards), together again, on Seinfeld's new webbie short series titled "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Here is this new Seinfeld episode, titled It’s Bubbly Time, Jerry - Michael Richards - Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. PLEASE watch it -- it offers several life lessons -- and it is poignant ... very. Even more than poignant, it is downright sad ... very sad.
First, Jerry's new series smacks of a guy who is simply biding time -- filling his time, actually -- since he has nothing better to do. Since he has nowhere to go. He really does simply get into a car with a fellow comedian, drive around aimlessly, and find a coffee shop. It feels like HE feels that his best days of productivity are over (his professional glory days, if you will).
Second, Kramer (aka comedian Michael Richards) clearly has never recovered from his infamous racial slur incident back in 2006. He remains haunted by demons. In fact, he discusses them with Jerry. He has no inner peace. Feels like those demons will haunt him forever. Must be terrible to live that way.
Perhaps even worse, Richards confesses that even in his best days -- i.e., the "Seinfeld" days -- he was not really living in the moment. He didn't fully enjoy them. (By the way, Jerry agrees with him for himself on that point and rationalizes it by saying that those Seinfeld days were for "them" -- meaning we, the audience, and not for "us" (Jerry and Richards) -- weird). Richards wants to go back in time and re-live them. An impossibility, of course.
One more thing -- Richards' "spontaneous" bits in the video smack of desperation and, again, are just plain weird. Popping in to Sugar Ray Leonards's house unannounced (it apparently was actually comedian Jay Mohr's) -- Really? Wearing a disguise when he goes out in public -- Huh, what? Will people still swarm around you that much? Or is it the other way around -- you miss the swarming crowds and are trying to bring even more attention to yourself?
This webisode oozes with disappointment. With un-fulfillment. Of missed opportunities, strangely enough. Of not living in the moment. Of living in the past. Sad, very sad.
I think I need to watch a "Seinfeld" episode -- "Kenny Rogers Roasters," anyone?