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Comedy club drama sent Michael Richards on life quest

December 1st, 2013 8:30pm EST
Michael Richards
Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards is grateful for his 2006 meltdown on a comedy club stage in Los Angeles, insisting the temper tantrum and subsequent racism charges against the funnyman sent him on a quest of self-discovery.

The comedian was in the middle of his act at the Laugh Factory when he turned on an African-American heckler. His racist remarks were caught on camera and Richards became one of the most hated men in Hollywood overnight.

He appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman days later and apologised for losing his temper onstage, and then quit Los Angeles and moved t...

Michael Richards Making His Television Comeback With 'Giant Baby'

December 5th, 2012 2:12pm EST
Michael Richards
Former Seinfeld actor Michael Richards is set to return to TV in a new comedy with fellow ex-sitcom stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman.

Richards has remained largely out of the spotlight since suffering a breakdown in 2006 after he was filmed hurling racist remarks at a group of fans during a stand-up routine in Los Angeles. He is now preparing to make a comeback in a new show called Giant Baby with former Cheers stars Alley and Perlman.

In the series, Alley will play a fictional Broadway star who reconnects with her long-lost son after the death of his adopted mother, while Perlman w...

Michael Richards Had A Breakdown After Comedy Club Rant

September 29th, 2012 7:00pm EDT
Michael Richards
After he was filmed making racist remarks at a group of fans during a stand-up routine in Los Angeles in 2006, former "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards suffered a breakdown.

Richards performed at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood in November, 2006, when he grew enraged by a group of black guests in the audience, who allegedly disrupted his gig. The actor then proceeded to shout obscenities at them, calling one heckler the "N" word.

The incident was captured on camera and went viral, marring Richards' reputation and causing him to stay away from the spotlight until the controversy blew o...

Michael Richards Sued For Punching Paparazzo

September 12th, 2010 9:10am EDT
Michael Richards
"Seinfeld" star Michael Richards has been targeted in a new lawsuit over allegations he randomly attacked a photographer in a street.

In papers filed on Friday, photographer Brendon O'Neal claims the actor lashed out at him in Los Angeles last month, punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground before he "proceeded to kick (O'Neal) numerous times, directing the blows to (O'Neal's) arms, hands, and camera."

The photographer is seeking unspecified damages for "great mental, physical, and nervous pain and suffering" and medical expenses, according to TMZ.com


Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Walk Of Fame Gaffe Was 'Spectacular'

May 11th, 2010 10:53pm EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was secretly thrilled when Hollywood Walk of Fame officials misspelled her name on her new pavement star - because the gaffe became headline news all over America.

Hollywood bosses were left scrambling after realizing they got the actress' name wrong on her plaque - just hours before they were due to unveil it at a ceremony on May 4.

Organizers were left red-faced after embossing the tribute with the name 'Luis' instead of 'Louis' and omitting the hyphen between her surnames.

They hurried to create a temporary replacement in time for her dedicat...

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Recap: ' The Table Read'

November 16th, 2009 9:37am EST
Curb Your Enthusiasm
And here we are, finally at the place we'd been waiting to get to since the season began - a place of nothingness, a place of "Seinfeld". Of course, that didn't mean we had to leave "Curb Your Enthusiasm" completely behind in the process of returning to its predecessor.

The episode revolved around the table read and dress rehearsals for the "Seinfeld" reunion special. Those scenes were pretty much run-of-the-mill behind-the-scenes TV stuff, not a whole lot new, but it was a bit thrilling to see the rulers of 90s television back in their element.

The uniquely "Curb" touches came in t...

The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...

Estelle Harris (Mrs. Costanza) Suggests Her 'Curb' Episode Will Work If They 'Cut The Crappy Fake Seinfeld Dialogue'

October 13th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Mrs. Costanza
We're excited to see the cast of Seinfeld back on Curb Your Enthusiasm. The premise of a fictional reunion show is good enough to get Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the same room. Now it looks like we'll get to see their famous supporting cast too.

Estelle Harris, who played George's mom along with Jerry Stiller as his dad, has shot her appearance for Curb Your Enthusiasm. "We've done it," Harris said. "I was asked and I did. I was invited. I was so pleased to be invited."

Unfortunately, Harris suggested that the fictional Seinfeld reunion...

'Seinfeld' Cast Makes 'Reunion' Appearance On 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

October 5th, 2009 10:04am EDT
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Finally, the moment of nothingness for which we've all been waiting. On last night's episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", aptly titled "Reunion", Larry David's old cohorts, the cast of "Seinfeld", joined him on screen in unison for the first time in more than a decade. Yes, this titular throwback to the nineties was something "Curb" devotees had been expecting for the many months leading up to this season, but that didn't make moment any less sublime.

In the most meta of all meta-plots, the old gang rejoined Larry in order to set up a reunion episode. No, not the reunion episode that ser...

'Seinfeld' Cast Reunites On The Cover Of Entertainment Weekly

August 27th, 2009 12:18pm EDT
NEW YORK - This week's Entertainment Weekly goes on the set for a Seinfeld reunion with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld), George (Jason Alexander), Elaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus), and Kramer (Michael Richards) as they join old pal Larry David for the new season of HBO's cult hit Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Over the last six seasons, viewers have come to expect the outrageous from Curb, Larry David's exploration of a man named Larry David whose self-conscious series about curmudgeonry and comeuppance is about to take a turn for the surreal by reuniting the cast of his old, pathologically revered NBC sitcom...

Exclusive: Tim Meadows On 'The Bill Engvall Show' And His Favorite Moments On 'SNL'

July 9th, 2009 10:59am EDT
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows joins us to discuss the upcoming season of "The Bill Engvall Show" (premiering July 18 on TBS). He continues the discussion -- that we had previously begun with Nancy Travis -- about the state of the American sitcom and looks back at his favorite moments on "Saturday Night Live," throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game and tries to answer why, actually, did he sign that SNL 30 year contract.

Mike: How did you get involved with "The Bill Engvall Show"? I've followed your career for some time; I really like you on the show but, I admit, I didn't completely see this one comi...

Top Celebrity Freak Outs - Can They Bounce Back?

July 2nd, 2009 2:52pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Celebrity is something of a double edged sword. On one hand you could make millions and be adored by fans all over the world, but it also means the loss of privacy and the constant nitpicking of the mainstream critics. One slip up is all it takes for your face and words to be scattered over magazines and blogs, but sometimes the controversies are worth being taken to task for.

Here's a look at some of the celebrities who lost their mind or temper at the wrong time, and whether or not they have managed to bounce back from the incidents. What do you think of these moments in celeb history...

Larry David: 'Michael Richards Is A New Man'

June 18th, 2009 12:05pm EDT
Larry David
TV legend Larry David has expressed his support for his embattled former co-star Michael Richards - insisting the comic is a changed man since he was accused of racial abuse.

The Seinfeld co-creator will star alongside the hit show's original cast, including Richards, when a new season of his hugely popular Curb Your Enthusiasm hits TV later this year.

And David loved working with Richards again - insisting he is back to his best after the actor was caught up in a race mêlée following a hate-filled rant against black people in a 2006 stand-up routine.

David explains, "(Richards)...

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wants 'Seinfeld' On The Big Screen

April 21st, 2009 8:29am EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is ready to revive the hit 1990s sitcom for the big screen - after reuniting with her former cast mates for guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Seinfeld fans will get a teaser when Louis-Dreyfus and her former TV co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards appear together in a number of shows for the upcoming season of Larry David's comedy series. Returning to the set with her former colleagues brought back fond memories for the actress, 11 years after Seinfeld came to an end in 1998 following a nine-season run.

She tells Peop...

'Seinfeld' Reunion Was 'Electrifying'

March 27th, 2009 4:01pm EDT
The moment the entire cast of hit sitcom Seinfeld reunited on the set of TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm was "electrifying", according to actress Cheryl Hines.

Seinfeld co-creator Larry David has brought Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Michael Richards back together - 11 years after the last episode of the multi-award-winning comedy aired - to appear in the upcoming seventh season of his spin-off show.

And Hynes, who plays David's on-screen wife, insists the actors clicked instantly.

She says, "It was electrifying to have them all together. To sit the...

Check Out 'Night Court' Season 2, On DVD Feb. 3

January 24th, 2009 7:20am EST
Night Court
Disorder in the court! Judge Harold T. Stone, Dan, Bull and Selma return for a rollicking second season of dispensing justice to the assorted nuts of Night Court. New to the courtroom: Noo Yawk-savvy defender Billie Young and Vietnam vet Mac Robinson, the court clerk.

On the 22-episode docket: an invisible man, a mogul madam, a lovelorn nun, hookers, pickpockets, flashers, wackos, weirdos, gonzos and great guest stars, including Michael Richards, Stella Stevens, Jack Gilford, John Astin, Lou Ferrigno and, as substitute defender Christine Sullivan, Markie Post, who will become a full-t...

Scandalous Celebrity Moments

August 14th, 2008 9:15am EDT
Paris Hilton
Celebrities are no strangers to scandals, but sometimes they are known more for the elusive incidents rather than their career. Here are the top celebrity scandals:

NBA star Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case in Colorado.

Kobe was arrested in 2003 in Eagle, Colorado at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera after a nineteen year employee accused him of rape. After Kobe admitted to the sexual encounter and bought his wife an enormous rock so she'd forgive him for cheating on her, the assault case was dropped.

OJ Simpson murder trial.

In June 1994 OJ Simpson's ex-wife Nicole ...

10 Worst TV Shows Of The Last 10 Years

January 25th, 2008 1:52pm EST
According to Jim
There have been some truly phenomenal television shows produced over the last 10 years. Works of art that will continue to be appreciated and discussed for years to come. But what's the fun in talking about that?

For each great show created since 1998, there have been at least five or six terrible ones. Often these truly odious programs have a mercifully short lifespan. Occasionally, one will unexpectedly survive and thrive, shining proudly on screen and mocking the infinitely more creative, entertaining and intelligent programs that it has outlasted.

Acknowledging the fac...

Jerry Seinfeld Sick Of Kramer Comments

December 9th, 2007 5:00pm EST
Jerry Seinfeld
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld is sick of people asking him "Where's Kramer?" - the oddball character in his hit comedy Seinfeld. The 53-year-old comedian - currently in the U.K. promoting his animated movie Bee Movie - admits he's bored of being asked questions about his fictional sidekick in the hit comedy, which ended almost a decade ago.

He tells British chatshow host Jonathan Ross, "I still get people shouting 'Where's Kramer?' all the time. But how do I know?! He doesn't even exist anymore on a fictional basis."

Cosmo Kramer was played by Michael Richards in the show, which aired f...

Starpulse.com's South Park Season 11 Recap

November 29th, 2007 3:35pm EST
South Park
You thought I was done, didn’t you?

Its 15 weeks until the premiere of season twelve. What’s a girl to do until then? How about reflecting on the good times? In the fictitious little town of South Park, Colorado, Kyle has to stab Jesus in the neck to save Easter, Cartman jumps over the homeless, Stan exposes Bono as a piece of s--t, and Kenny dies... again. And we’re not even half way through the season. Let’s face it, what’s a commentary without a recap?

With Apologies to Jesse Jackson

"The clue is people who annoy you."

Stan becomes a social outcast when his dad blurts ...

Seinfeld Scraps 'Seinfeld' Reunion Episode Plans

November 5th, 2007 8:54am EST
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld has given up secret plans to pen a final Seinfeld episode because he has left it too late. The comic has revealed he was working on a reunion episode with castmates Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louise Dreyfus but took too long to put the project together.

He says, "I don't think it can happen now. It would've had to happen because this (new DVD 'Seinfeld: The Complete Series') is the last DVD coming out, so now would've been the time to do it. (But) there were too many things happening at the same time."

(This news article provided by World...

Kid Rock Thinks Stars' Apologies Aren't Sincere

October 19th, 2007 4:30pm EDT
Kid Rock
Kid Rock has hit out at Mel Gibson, Michael Richards and other celebrity apologists for failing to convince America they're really sorry for errors of judgment.

Gibson made public apologies after spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric at a Jewish traffic cop, who caught him drink driving last summer, while comedian Richards appeared on The Late Show after racially abusing two hecklers at a comedy store - and getting caught on camera.

Kid Rock wasn't convinced either man really meant what he was saying when he apologized - and he hates the trend of celebrities sobbing about how sorry they ...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 24

July 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Happy Birthday to "The Ring" actress Daveigh Chase (1990), "Mrs. Doubtfire" actress Mara Wilson (1987), "X-Men 3" actress Anna Paquin (1982), "Firefly" actress Summer Glau (1981), WWE Diva Torrie Wilson (1975), singer/actress Jennifer Lopez (1969), "Melrose Place" actress Laura Leighton (1968), "The West Wing" actress Kristin Chenoweth (1968), actor Kadeem Hardison (1965), controversial baseball superstar Barry Bonds (1964), country singer Pam Tillis (1957), "Good Will Hunting" director Gus Van Sant (1952), "Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter (1951), "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards (1949), "...

Michael Richards Heads To Cambodia To 'Find Himself'

July 13th, 2007 2:12pm EDT
Michael Richards
Disgraced funnyman Michael Richards has jetted off on a spiritual journey to Cambodia in an effort to save his career. The former Seinfeld star hit the headlines last year when a racist rant he delivered during a stand-up show at a comedy club in Hollywood was caught on a camera phone and distributed to the media.

Richards made a public apology to the audience members he offended, but has admitted the incident and repercussions have taken a heavy toll on him.

According to U.S. entertainment news show Access Hollywood, the comedian is visiting remote temples in Cambodia, following ...

Dave Chappelle Showered With Money At Gig

June 8th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Elusive comedian Dave Chappelle was showered with $100 bills at a Los Angeles comedy club by fans desperate for him to return to TV. Chappelle has been rarely seen since he walked away from a $50 million contract with network Comedy Central last year and turned his back on showbiz.

The 33-year-old has begun making guest appearances at L.A.'s Laugh Factory, and stretched a 20 minute set to over two hours on Monday when fans begged him to carry on and showered him with money.

He told the crowd, "I'm like Bigfoot now. People can't believe they're seeing me. They see me and just fli...

Katherine Heigl Is 'Grateful' For Isaiah Washington's Slur

May 21st, 2007 4:16pm EDT
Katherine Heigl
Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is "grateful" for the furor which erupted after her co-star Isaiah Washington made a homophobic remark about their cast mate T.R. Knight last October . Knight came out following an incident in which Washington is said to have called the 34-year-old a "faggot" during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey. Washington went on to repeat his offensive comment at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year.

But Heigl believes Washington's remark has now been turned into a positive to discourage prejudice. She says, "I was ultimately grateful that it opened...

Steve Harvey Doesn't Understand The 'Uproar' Around Michael Richards' Racist Rant

April 23rd, 2007 9:09am EDT
Steve Harvey
Comedian Steve Harvey was surprised at the uproar surrounding Michael Richard's racist slur last year because he didn't think the comment was that offensive. Richards hit the headlines in November for repeated use of the word "n**ger" during a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at two African-American hecklers at the Laugh Factory in California.

But the star, 50, has dismissed Richards as "unimportant", insisting people should be more concerned about racism creeping into mainstream politics.

He says, "I don't understand the uproar. White people been calling us n**ggers for years. I've be...

Chappelle Sets New Stand-Up Record At Laugh Factory

April 17th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Dave Chappelle
Funnyman Dave Chappelle has set a new record at Hollywood comedy club The Laugh Factory, after performing for six hours and seven minutes.

Chappelle hit the stage at 10:36pm on Sunday and continued cracking jokes until 4:43am - beating previous record holder Dane Cook's three hour and 50 minute routine, which took place just last Tuesday.

Venue boss Jamie Masada says, "It was just one of those nights. He had everyone laughing for six hours."

However, Chappelle was fined $2,200 for using the "N" word during his comedy routine in sketch where he poked fun at comedian Michael Ri...

Some Critics Call Imus Apology 'Hollow'

April 10th, 2007 10:41am EDT
Al Sharpton
Radio talk show presenter Don Imus has been blasted by critics for issuing "hollow" and "pointless" apologies for his racial slur on his Imus In The Morning Show last week. The disgraced presenter was yesterday issued a two week suspension by his bosses at WFAN-AM, after calling the players on Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy headed hos" during his Thursday broadcast.

He apologized for his comments on Friday and even appeared on Reverend Al Sharpton's radio show yesterday to express his deep regret over his actions, admitting he'd gone "way too far".

But his words...

Michael Richards Is Invited To Racist Rant 'Mock Trial'

February 16th, 2007 9:36am EST
Michael Richards
Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards has been invited to attend a "mock trial" tomorrow, organized by lawyers for black audience members he racially abused last year. Richards hit the headlines in November for repeated use of the "N" word during a foul-mouthed tirade aimed at two African-American hecklers at the Laugh Factory in California.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents the black audience members, has invited Richards to attend tomorrow's meeting at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. However, Richards is not thought likely to attend the face-to-face event, to which the press ha...

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