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So whatever happened to Michael Richards?
Seinfeld‘s Cosmo Kramer, who became an instant pariah after a racist tirade from the stage of a comedy club was captured on cellphone video, has been in Cambodia with a group that follows the teachings of a 29-year-old Hindu mystic called “Swami G.”
Richards says he’s been attending Nithyananda Foundation meetings since about three months after his career ended, but insists “I’m not a part of the group. I’m not a devotee. I don’t wear club jackets, but I honor all the clubs. Life is not always about us or making people laugh. I’m trying to understand the humanity that I am, that I belong to. So, in that sense, I’m part of a group: humanity.”
He also says he’s quit stand-up comedy. Now that’s funny.“That night, when I was insulted and disrupted, I lost my heart; I lost my sense of humor, he tells the LA Times, who bumped into Richards and his fiancÃ©e Beth Skipp (an actress who’s done bit roles on TV and is credited by the Times as starring in the play, “Me, My Guitar & Don Henley,” after they crossed the borer into Thailand. “I’ve retired from that. I’m taking time off to feel myself out, get to know myself and appreciate other people.”
Richards insists his Cambodia trip was not any kind of “karmic rehab.”
“No, I’ve been doing other personal work,” he said. “I’m trying to learn to enjoy myself.
“What constitutes spirituality is heart. Making people laugh is something else– I did Seinfeld for 10 years– it lightens things up, helps people enjoy the world they live in more. I’ve had people call me from hospital beds and tell me, ‘That Kramer character got me through it. Thanks.’ It’s pretty simple, you know, the feeling of opening yourself up to others.”
Next stop: Civilian space tours.