Cosmo Kramer is a mystery wrapped in an enigma: a tall-haired doofus with an affinity for cartoonish vocal outbursts and a largely unemployed man who somehow affords a New York City apartment. But throughout Seinfeld‘s nine iconic seasons, one Kramer trait remains consistently clear: The man likes to eat, usually whatever’s lingering in the fridge, and almost always on somebody else’s dime.
Now, as A.V. Club notes, the Internet has compiled the evidence in a supercut titled “Kramer Stealing Jerry’s Food,” which finds the wacky character (Michael Richards) rummaging through his comedian neighbor’s kitchen.
These individual moments are funny enough during the actual episodes, but they reach a level of absurd transcendence when viewed in one lump. Highlights include Kramer asking for “shredded coconut” while rocking a Burt Reynolds-styled mustache, pouring tomato juice in his cereal, drinking expired milk and carrying around Jerry’s maple syrup on a date.
A chunk of the supercut focuses on the Season Seven episode “The Seven,” in which Kramer (or, as Jerry calls him, “Hobo Joe”) attempts to settle up by paying his friend a monthly grocery bill. Ultimately, Richards’ character may be a moocher of the highest caliber – but to his credit, you indeed “can’t eat a sandwich without Dijon.”
Back in July, co-creator Larry David reflected about the 25th anniversary of his legendary TV series in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I was in a bit of a bubble because I was working — I was just going to the office all the time,” he said. “During the hiatus, Jerry would go out and do stand-up and he’d go, “You can’t believe what’s going on out there.” He said, “This thing is huge.” I didn’t quite get it. I was living in L.A., I didn’t go anywhere, I was just working. So, I didn’t really pick up on it to that degree. But in terms of its impact on culture — I don’t know. There’s always great shows that come along, but it’s left its mark, for sure.”