Michael Richards stunned a comedy club audience, shouting racial epithets at people who heckled him during a stand-up routine.I can't even begin to guess what he might possibly have been thinking. And while "profanity-laced tirade" may be the most beautiful three words in the English language, "racial epithets" and "the n-word" are just plain ugly.
The 57-year-old actor-comedian, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric neighbor Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," was performing at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood Friday night when he launched into the verbal rampage, according to video posted on TMZ.com. [I'm not going to provide a direct link; if you want it, you'll find it]
The tirade apparently began after two black audience members started shouting at him that he wasn't funny.
Richards retorted: "Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f------ fork up your a--."
He then paced across the stage taunting the men for interrupting his show, peppering his speech with racial slurs and profanities.
"You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now mother------. Throw his a-- out. He's a n-----!"
Richards shouts before repeating the racial epithet over and over again.
While there is some audible chuckling in the audience throughout the outburst, someone can be heard gasping "Oh my God" and various people "ooh" after Richard uses the n-word.
Maybe Richards can do some commercials for George Allen's presidential campaign - he should have ample free time...