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How 'Seinfeld' Recalls 'Happy Days'

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Seinfeld‘s Kramer, played by Emmy winner Michael Richards, is TV’s goofy sidekick du jour—the Goober to Jerry’s Andy. But the more we watch, the more Kramer reminds us of still another prime-time favorite—Happy Days‘ Fonzie, who, like Kramer, began as an occasional character and broke through to stardom. Though the Fonz never brought home an Emmy for three-time nominee Henry Winkler, consider these striking similarities:

FONZIE

Wears: distinctive ’50s-kitsch tough-guy T-shirt and leather jacket.

No one can touch his hair.

Rarely knocks.

Hangout: a booth at Arnold’s.

Gives advice in: Arnold’s men’s room

Catchword: ”Aayyyy.”

Snaps his fingers.

Always gets the girl.

KRAMER

Wears: distinctive ’50s-kitsch nutball sweater shirts and zipper jackets

No one can reach his hair.

Rarely knocks.

Hangout: a booth at Monk’s.

Gives advice in: Jerry’s kitchen

Catchwords: ”Yo-Yo Ma!”

Snaps into spastic convulsions.

Always gets the girl.

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