It's all but impossible to imagine anyone else playing the role of Cosmo Kramer on the classic comedy series Seinfeld, but this week, Jerry Seinfeld himself had the epiphany that late comedian Andy Kaufman could have excelled in that part as well. Joining Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as a part of the main cast, Michael Richards famously starred as Kramer in all nine seasons of the classic sitcom. Richards' look and mannerisms as the character made Kramer one of the most unique television characters of the era, and for all intents and purposes, Richards is Kramer.
Still, while casting Richards as Kramer seems to have been the perfect choice, Seinfeld thinks Andy Kaufman would have been a good alternative. Appearing on Howard Stern's radio show on Wednesday, Seinfeld spoke on some of his comic idols. Considering the vast differences in their styles of comedy, Stern theorizes Seinfeld wouldn't have been a fan of Kaufman, but Seinfeld was quick to say that it's actually the opposite. "I worshipped Andy Kaufman," Seinfeld bluntly stated, comparing their comedy styles to different genres of music that everyone can enjoy. This revelation had Stern suggesting that Kaufman would have been great on Seinfeld, and then a certain realization hit Seinfeld.
"You know, it's funny that you say that, because Michael Richards is one of those parts where you could never cast somebody else, but now that you mention it, Andy could have pulled off Kramer," Seinfeld told Stern. Envisioning the performance in his head, Seinfeld seems further sold on the idea, feeling confident Kaufman could have pulled off playing the iconic part in a way that would rival Richards' performance. "He is the only other name I have ever heard, now that you mention it, who could have pulled off Kramer. That's interesting," Seinfeld added.
Of course, Kaufman playing Kramer in real life was never a possibility, as the legendary comedian passed away five years before Seinfeld premiered. Popular for his unique performance art and wild characters, Kaufman reached great fame in the 1970s when he began performing on Saturday Night Live. Kaufman is also very well known for his role as Latka Gravas on the classic comedy series Taxi. Seemingly in character 24/7, Kaufman's antics outside of television had gotten him a lot of attention as well. This includes a run as a pro wrestling villain who wrestled women and famously quarrelled with Jerry "The King" Lawler.
During his interview with Stern, Jerry Seinfeld also suggested that his time doing comedy stand-up specials is behind him. "I already have the material to do another special, but I always like to give a little less than you really want," Seinfeld explained, hinting that the reason Seinfeld is still so revered is because the series ended before it wore out its welcome. For his part, Stern lamented over the possibility of Seinfeld hanging up the microphone, insisting that fans would want to hear his take on what's been happening in the world lately. In any case, let's hope we haven't seen the last of Seinfeld just yet. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.