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There was a big Cosby Show reunion on both the regular Today Show and the fourth hour with Kathie and Hoda this morning, presided over by patriarch Bill Cosby, who was…intense, argumentative, grouchy, and a bit of a blowhard. Just like most people get at a certain age! He’s just a Grandpa, I guess! Lucky for viewers, in both segments, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Keshia Knight Pulliam stepped in and brought the conversation gracefully back to the relevant nostalgia. But in the case of the fourth hour, not before Bill wasted several minutes demanding food. Seriously. Both segments are after the jump.

First, the much more entertaining fourth hour segment. If you’ve ever wanted to see Bill Cosby set up and knock down “You can’t handle the truth!,” you’re in luck. Also, Bill is HUNGRY:

The more thoughtful discussion of the show’s legacy, with Matt Lauer. I like Phylicia Rashad’s answer to Matt’s stupid “American family or African-American family?” requisite question, and Malcolm’s explanation of why the show created its own slang instead of using what was popular at the time:

Here’s a thought: Keshia Knight Pulliam and Malcolm Jamal Warner are still working, but not that terribly much according to their IMDB pages. They’re both so good on TV, obviously, and have already worked together. There has to be something the TV industry can do with the two of them as a team. As long as “Mr. Cosby” isn’t a regular guest.

Comments (29)
  1. Someone bring the man a Jell-o Pudding Pop.

    Was I the first to go down Duh-Zing road?

  2. a few things.

    1. more comedians should act like assholes when impersonating bill cosby. the stuttering jello thing doesn’t compare to his craziness on this show.

    2. Alton looks like a Law and Order person of interest

    3. no Lisa Bonet? You remember I told you about her. I like her. She’s kind of Sheryl Crow-ish crossed with a post-Partridge Family pre-L.A. Law Susan Dey kind of thing, but, you know, uh, black.

    • Rob, I’m telling you this for your own good, that’s the worst fuckin’ sweater I’ve ever seen, that’s a Cosby sweater!

    • You sound really ignorant bearface to even mention race. First of Lisa Bonet is Biracial as her mom is White/Jewish. She was portraying a Black character on television. Secondly its such as shame after you made valid comparisons of Bonet to other actors, you had to mention she is Black. If this were say Justine Bateman from “Family Ties” (who I adore like Lisa by the way) would you have said “but, you know, uh White too?” Its sad how people like you are obsessed with race and don’t even realize it.

  3. Definitely awkward but I think the hilarity is intentional. Cosby’s still got it!

  4. I don’t understand what is so funny about Bill Cosby being an asshole and acting like a primadonna?

  5. Think of it this way, without Bill that clip would have been boring.

  6. So basically, Bill is pulling a Lady Gaga. That is hilarious (that is not hilarious).

    Also, Rudy is a total fox! How can she not get work?

  7. I swear to god, the cast of the Cosby Show reunites like every week. It has really begun to lost its specialness. I mean, just a few years ago I remember seeing a big Cosby Show reunion on prime time TV. The headline shouldn’t be “Cosby Show Cast Reunites After 25 Years” it should be “Cosby Show Cast Reunites After a Couple of Months”

  8. This is so Raven.

  9. What, no Cockroach??!!!

  10. I was inspired to create THIS by the salty look Raven gave Dr. Cosby (and America) when he cut her off, in the first video, at 5:18.

    That's so you.

    WHOOPS, THE CAMERAS ARE ON, RAVEN.

    I hope he doesn’t have her taken out by the Black Avengers.

  11. Ben (waiting for the perfect GIF)  |   Posted on May 19th, 2009 +4

    Bill should be Woody Allen’s new star grouch. I like how he seems to feel the need to interrupt peoples answers on their experiences as child actors by offering his criticism of unprofessional kids he met at Jello commercials.

  12. Spine  |   Posted on May 19th, 2009 +4

    When I lived in LA, I was a (paid) audience member on one of Cosby’s “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” shows. Unfortunately, he was kind of a tiresome prick, just like here.

  13. You want food Bill? Try shaking down Raven back there. There’s no way she left the house without an emergency bucket of chicken wings under one of her boobs.
    Also I have never gotten the point of Bill Cosby. At. All.

  14. This is crying out for an Onion Headline – ‘Bill Cosby’s comedy persona hides the fact that he’s actually been an obnoxious asshole for the last 40 years’. But shorter.
    What crap does the old bastard have to come out with before people stop acting like he’s an hilarious character?

  15. Bill Cosby, another member of Langford’s to-do list. I think if he was a Dad in a sitcom in the ’80s, I’m on top of that.

  16. That lady said “you were itty bitty on the show” to the fat girl.

  17. Angela  |   Posted on Sep 26th, 2009 0

    What in the hell are all of you talking about?

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