Comedy writer Larry Charles doesn’t think too highly of his iconic “Seinfeld” character Cosmo Kramer.
In an interview on The Daily Beast podcast “Fever Dreams,” the “Seinfeld” staffer — who worked on the show during its first five seasons — offered a glimpse of where he believes Jerry’s pals Elaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards) would be if they were to fast-forward to 2021.
“When I thought about how Seinfeld would survive in this kind of environment and this television environment, and I look around, I think about bringing those characters to the 21st century and … ”
“Wouldn’t Kramer be a believer in QAnon?” he asked.
Charles is referring to a radical-right cohort of conspiracy theorists, whose defining mythos involves an Illuminati-esque cabal of uber-wealthy, Satan-worshipping pedophiles — a group which QAnon adherents believe includes some of the most powerful world leaders, such as Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama and President Joe Biden.
Charles then pointed out that Kramer’s anti-elitist streak may have also landed him on the opposite end of the conspiracy theory spectrum. “He might also be in Antifa at the same time to cover his bets,” Charles countered.
The “Borat” director continued to speculate on other characters — who fare no better than Kramer.
“Elaine might’ve been married a couple of times, she’s probably developed a pill habit of some sort, she’s been in and out of rehab,” he said of the high-strung character, adding an even darker theory about Alexander’s hapless character. “And George might have committed suicide by now, quite frankly.”
As for the show’s jaded protagonist, Jerry, he’d be busy sinking his money into rare automobiles, claiming to be “on the spectrum” without a formal diagnosis of autism, and dating women nearly 20 years his junior. Oh, wait — that’s the real Seinfeld!